WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Census Bureau released its annual poverty and income statistics, which is breaking from tradition, since the numbers are released year-in and year-out at the National Press Club on a Tuesday or Thursday. 1.7 million more Americans fell into poverty in 2002. The poverty rate rose from 11.7% to 12.1%. Median household income declined 1.1%. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), who criticized the Administration for moving the announcement of the statistics to Suitland, Maryland on a Friday - a low-profile time and place - said that the declining economic indicators are proof that the Administration purposely made the move.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: House Republican leaders today, blocked an effort by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-8) to reverse the wrongheaded decision by the IRS to tax 9/11 aid.
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democrats, citing numerous reports that significant holes in terrorism preparedness still exist, unveiled a new, comprehensive plan of action that would address specific security needs across the board - from emergency responders to cargo screening. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D- Manhattan and Queens), who has emerged as a leader in the 9/11 recovery efforts and homeland security and is the Chair of the Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, joined with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders to announce the plan. Maloney spoke of the serious security challenges New York City still faces, two years after the attacks of 9/11. She used first-hand knowledge of the plight of the City's emergency responders to stress the need to implement the plan.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that the Federal Air Marshals program will be merged with customs and immigration programs and that employees currently working in the customs and immigration sections will be "cross-trained" as Federal Air Marshals (FAMs). This announcement comes in the wake of the controversy over Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) decision to remove FAMs from certain flights. That decision was based largely on the fact that many homeland security programs are cash-strapped and that DHS has requested reprogramming of FAM funds into other areas. The day after DHS's decision to remove FAMs became public, news reports said that the department still planned to cut FAM training.