This week, the Senate passed my bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act. This bill with help to preserve and strengthen the USPS for decades to come. Onto the President’s desk for signing! I also secured $6.3 million in federal funding for NY-12 community organizations in the government funding package that passed the House and Senate this week, and reintroduced a bill to honor Harriet Tubman with a statue in the U.S. Capitol on the celebration of her 200th birthday.
Starting on Friday March 18 and every Friday moving forward from 9AM-5PM, my Queens District Office will be back open for business for constituent casework. The office is located at 31-19 Newtown Ave, Astoria. Additionally, starting on Thursday March 17 and every Thursday moving forward from 2PM-4PM (weather permitting) my office will be holding mobile casework hours in Greenpoint at the Corner of Lorimer and Bedford Avenue.
More on these and other updates below.
Bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act
This week, the Senate passed the historic Postal Service Reform Act in a bipartisan vote of 79-19! It now goes to President Biden’s desk for signature. The bill’s historic bipartisan votes in both the House and the Senate are proof that preserving and strengthening the Postal Service transcends political parties. I am confident that this historic reform will help the Postal Service to serve all Americans for generations to come.
Securing $6.3 Million for NY-12 Community Organizations
The House and the Senate passed the $1.9 trillion stimulus package for FY2022 this week. Included in this package was $6.3 million for NY-12 community project funding requests I fought for! These groups are integral to our community, and I’m honored to be able to support their work through federal funding.
The $6.3 million coming to NY-12 will fund healthcare and IT upgrades at The Floating Hospital, empower New Yorkers in their job searches through training and financial counseling, and reduce hunger through healthy cooking, nutrition education, and by expanding meals and produce services to food-insecure New Yorkers. It will help provide tele-mental and tele-health services to children and families with complex medical, mental health, and developmental needs and bring much-needed stability and support to our small businesses and restaurants. These funds will also provide youth development programs, community programming, and workforce and entrepreneur training.
Government Funding Package
On Wednesday, the House voted to pass FY2022 government funding legislation. The bill’s transformative investments will help working families with the cost of living, create American jobs, and support vulnerable individuals.
The investments in this package address some of our nation’s biggest challenges while providing a much-needed lifeline for vulnerable Americans. Because of Congressional Democrats’ leadership, we are investing in New Yorkers from the ground up and the middle out. I am proud to vote for this legislation, which will lower costs, create jobs, and support hard working Americans.
International Women’s Day
On Tuesday March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day. In its honor, I led a bipartisan group of my colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senate Minority Leader McConnell urging them to schedule a vote on the Senate floor on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) this month in commemoration of Women’s History Month.
In just a few weeks, on March 22, we will mark the 50th anniversary of congressional passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). In anticipation of this anniversary, and as Members of Congress committed to constitutional equality, I request immediate action by the Senate to affirm the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. March is Women’s History Month—the perfect time for this historic action.
Condemning Antisemitic Attack on Congregation Beth Israel of Colleyville, Texas
On Tuesday, I managed House debate on H.Res. 881 and urged her colleagues to pass the resolution which condemns the heinous terrorist attack on Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, on January 15, 2022.
Antisemitism is a dangerous and growing crisis both in the United States and around the world. According to the Anti-Defamation League, in 2020 and 2021 alone there were 8,366 incidents of extremism or antisemitism just here in the United States. And according to the FBI, in 2020 more than half of the religiously motivated hate crimes reported targeted Jewish people even though the Jewish Americans make up only about 2% of the population of the United States of America. This is a staggering level of antisemitism. It is our duty to come together to denounce antisemitism and hate and this resolution does just that.
The War in Ukraine
On Tuesday, my committee held a briefing with former U.S. and Ukrainian government officials about Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.
This briefing by former senior diplomats and members of the Ukrainian-American community brought into stark relief how unjustified and dangerous Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade a peaceful Ukraine truly is. The briefing also highlighted the strong steps President Biden and his Administration have taken to unite the world in condemning Putin’s invasion and imposing swift and severe consequences on Russia.
I followed this up on Wednesday by speaking on the House floor to urge my colleagues to vote for H.R.6968, the Suspending Energy Imports from Russia Act. By banning Russian oil and gas imports and imposing additional sanctions, Congress has punished Putin and his cronies for their war of aggression in Ukraine, which has caused more than 2 million Ukrainians to flee their country. Our message is clear: Putin’s regime must be denied these crucial oil revenues, while we continue to provide urgently needed aid to Ukraine.
Honoring Harriet Tubman with Capitol Statue
On Harriet Tubman Day, I reintroduced the Honoring Harriet Tubman Act, a piece of bipartisan legislation to place a statue of abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman in the U.S. Capitol, on the date we recognize as her 200th birthday.
Harriet Tubman dedicated her entire life to fighting for freedom and the disenfranchised. She risked her life to escape slavery in the North, and then continued to do so to help others. She was most remembered for never caught and never losing a single person, earning her the nickname ‘the Moses of her people.’ Beyond her role in the Underground Railroad, she served her country in the Civil War and joined the women’s suffrage movement. Her unwavering commitment to freedom and human rights in all forms makes Harriet Tubman a true American hero and her legacy deserves to be honored in the halls of the United States Capitol.
$769 Million Headed to Metropolitan Transit Authority
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive an additional $769,197,265 through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Additional Assistance program funding, which is determined by operational need. The grant will help public transportation agencies, such as the MTA, pay for day-to-day operations as it continues to provide essential service for frontline workers and keep tens of thousands of employees on payroll.
This critical funding will help us avoid cuts in the transit services that get New Yorkers – and especially our frontline heroes – where they need to go. I’m proud to have worked to pass the American Rescue Plan Act that provided the funding to make this project possible and continues to help keep our economy afloat nearly a year after its enactment. Let’s keep New Yorkers moving!
2020 Census Undercount of Black, Latino, and Indigenous Residents
Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released its undercount and overcount estimates for the 2020 Census, which show the Census undercounted the U.S. population by nearly 19 million, failing to count many Black, Latino, and Indigenous Americans, while overcounting White and Asian Americans.
I am deeply saddened, but not surprised, at the Census Bureau’s findings that people of color were undercounted in the 2020 Census at higher rates than in 2010. With all of the problems and challenges that faced the 2020 Census, including the Trump Administration’s illegal attempt to add a racially-charged citizenship question and to cut short efforts to reach hard-to-count communities in a global pandemic, it was not a question of if there would be an undercount, but to what degree. This report makes clear that reforms are necessary to empower the Census Bureau to do its job without political interference, and I am currently working on a series of reforms to accomplish exactly that.
I partnered with the Chair of the Natural Resources Committee Raúl Grijalva for a two-day series of events located in Environmental Justice communities throughout New York City, including right here in the 12th Congressional District. We are taking community input on oversight priorities and legislation related to environmental justice, including the importance of assessing the cumulative impacts of pollution and directing resources to environmental justice communities. We heard from environmental justice leaders on the implementation and oversight of the Biden-Harris Justice40 Initiative, which is intended to ensure that climate and clean infrastructure investments benefit frontline communities, and is based on state-level policy currently being implemented in New York.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress
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