This week, I sent a letter to the Department of Education with 78 of my colleagues asking them to update guidance regarding Campus Climate surveys, which are used to assess campus culture on a variety of issues including sexual violence.
Also this week, I honored Astoria Welfare Society with a Congressional Extension and Congressional Certificates.
More on these and other updates below.
In case you missed it, you can read this week’s NY-12 COVID-19 Vaccination & Recovery Update here.
Passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
Last Friday, I voted to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. I have been a long-time champion for investing in New York City’s infrastructure, and I was proud to vote for the much-needed bipartisan infrastructure bill. Throughout my career, I have helped secure more than $10 billion in federal funding to the City for a wide array of infrastructure investments – projects that created jobs, improved the quality of life, reduced overcrowding, and improved safety. There are few better ways to improve our communities and create good-paying jobs than infrastructure investments, and this bill will do just that with $550 billion in new federal funding for our nation’s needs.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will create millions of jobs, invest in a foundation for strong economic growth, and ensure all communities can compete and succeed in the 21st Century. Together, the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better Act will create an average of 2 million jobs each year over the course of the decade. This vote to adopt the rule for the Build Back Better Act will allow for the passage of the President’s full agenda, and I look forward to quickly advancing that important legislation.
You can read my full statement here.
Ending Sexual Assault on College Campuses
On Monday, I joined Congressman Khanna (D-CA) in leading 77 members of Congress on a letter to Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona asking him to update guidance regarding Campus Climate surveys, which are used to assess campus culture on a variety of issues including sexual violence. Unfortunately, sexual violence on college campuses occurs too often. It’s estimated that 20-25% of undergraduate women are victims of sexual violence. Yet despite this prevalence, Campus Climate surveys and other existing tools fail to capture the full scope of the issue.
Congress has an obligation to address ‘stealthing’ at the federal level, which includes fact finding and data gathering through Campus Climate surveys. We must also make sure that these surveys respect and acknowledge all LGBTQ+ identities and include resources for survivors of sexual violence. College campuses are home to a particularly vulnerable population that we must work to protect. Consent, LGBTQ+ inclusion, and the needs of survivors MUST be at the forefront of these conversations.
You can read our full letter here.
Confronting Hatch Act Violations
On Tuesday, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found 13 senior Trump Administration officials, including top White House aides and cabinet members, violated the Hatch Act. This included violations committed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf related to the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC).
This independent Office of Special Counsel report confirms that at least 13 senior Trump Administration officials broke the law when they used their official positions to bolster President Trump’s reelection campaign. OSC found that the Trump Administration engaged in a pattern of egregious violations of the law intended to protect the government from political interference and that President Trump defended the violations rather than holding anyone accountable. I introduced the Hatch Act Accountability Act, included in the Protecting Our Democracy Act, in order to strengthen Hatch Act enforcement and penalties for political appointees. We cannot allow these types of abuses to happen again.
You can read my full statement here.
Earlier this week, I honored Astoria Welfare Society with a Congressional Extension and Congressional Certificates. General Secretary Jabed Uddin has led efforts in community service throughout Western Queens to ensure our neighbors in need got the services they deserved.
Their service is now enshrined in the Congressional Record, which is a part of our nation’s history. I am proud to have worked with them and even more so to honor them.
I want to invite you to this month’s virtual Coffee with Carolyn. I hope to see you next Friday (11/19) morning. RSVP here.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
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