Washington, DC - Recent press reports have indicated that $700 million in 9/11 aid, primarily $500 million from the Liberty Zone tax benefits, has disappeared from the books. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is pointing fingers at Congress, but in fact it was the White House who announced $5.5 billion in Liberty Zone tax benefits in March of this year.
Washington, DC - Yesterday, after reports that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to stop supplying the Philippines with contraceptives within 2 years, lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary Colin Powell asking him to reconsider his decision.
Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with Representatives JosÁ Serrano (D-NY), Edolphus Towns (D-NY), and Martin Frost (D-TX), introduced legislation, H.R. 5676, “The Disaster Relief for Our Schools Act,” which would return authority to the U.S. Department of Education for providing assistance to school districts following a disaster. In 1994, responsibility for disaster assistance officially was transferred from the Department of Education to FEMA under the Stafford Act.
Washington, DC - On learning that former Representative Bill Green had passed away on October 14, 2002, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) issued the following statement:
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and several other New York Lawmakers introduced legislation yesterday to protect lower Manhattan businesses and residents from having to pay any taxes on 9/11 recovery assistance.
Mr. Speaker, this is a very difficult vote for me. If there is ever one vote that should be made in the national interest, a vote that transcends politics and where Members must vote their conscience, it is the one before us today.