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Aug 15, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, Iran's hardline clerics rejected a move for that country to ratify the United Nations's Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). While most of the world - 173 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan - has spoken out against discrimination against women by binding themselves to this convention, Iran remains on a short list with the United States of countries who have yet to ratify. The Bush Administration refuses to take a position on the Convention and continually deflects questions about it. Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), a multiple-time sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Congress, expressed continuing confoundment at the Bush Administration's refusal to express its desire to ratify the convention.

Aug 11, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - According to a news report today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has turned on some of its most vital employees by conducting a "witch hunt" of Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) to determine the source of previous news reports that FAMs would be cut from flights to save on hotels. Today's report is the latest eye-opening story about the internal management of the FAM program and has raised new questions about whether the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is more concerned with internal politics than it is with properly securing America's airliners. In response to today's report, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, called on her colleagues to investigate the internal TSA probe and the agency's reported threat to use the USA Patriot Act on its own employees.

Aug 5, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Railroad companies that carried Holocaust victims to Nazi Germany's concentration camps would be subject to trial in the United States under new, bipartisan legislation (H.R. 2954) proposed by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). The bill would affect French railroad companies, which took more than 75,000 Jews from France to concentration camps during World War II.
Jul 31, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - One day after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reversed course to quell a controversy over its plan to remove air marshals from some flight to save on hotel costs, press reports today indicate that DHS will go forward with plans to cut air marshal training to save money. Concerned about what she calls the "shell game" the agency is playing with funding, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, urged Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to make public all plans for homeland security program cutbacks in a letter sent today.
Jul 29, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Promoting healthy families and ensuring the rights of new mothers, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) introduced H.R. 2790, the Breastfeeding Promotion Act, on July 18, 2003, with twelve bipartisan original cosponsors. Her legislation amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect breastfeeding by new mothers, provides for a performance standard for breast pumps, and provides tax incentives to encourage breastfeeding.
Jul 28, 2003 Press Release
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) released a new report about the impact and value of Head Start programs for the East Side of Manhattan and Western Queens. In conjunction with the release, Rep. Maloney joined with many of her Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives last week in speaking out against H.R. 2210, a bill proposing dramatic and needless changes to the early childhood Head Start program.
Jul 28, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Members of Congress have begun distributing an unprecedented survey to elected officials and front-line homeland security workers in their districts to determine the level of terrorism preparedness in municipalities throughout the country. The Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security has stated that America's hometowns need standards of preparedness, and this survey will help develop those standards. The nationwide effort is the first Congressional survey of local security needs.
Jul 25, 2003 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - New York's Second Avenue subway got another major endorsement this year from the full Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives yesterday with the inclusion of $3 million for the project in the appropriations bill that passed the full committee. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), the prime sponsor of the project in the House called decision "a major development for the much needed subway."
Jul 25, 2003 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The House Financial Services Committee adopted an amendment authored by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) requiring new consumer protection disclosures on credit card solicitations last night during the mark up of H.R. 2622, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act).