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April 13, 2018

House To Hold Hearing On Controversial Census Citizenship Question

Source: NPR

By Hansi Lo Wang

Updated at 10:58 a.m. ET Thursday

Officials from the U.S. Census Bureau and Commerce Department, which oversees the census, are expected to be grilled on Capitol Hill next month about the addition of a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census form. They are set to appear before lawmakers at a public hearing scheduled for May 8, according to a statement from Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The hearing is expected to be the first public testimony by the bureau’s acting director, Ron Jarmin, since Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced last month his approval of a Justice Department request for a question to be added to 2020 census forms. The announcement has launched lawsuits from more than two dozen cities and states that want the question removed.

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April 13, 2018


Source: Queens Gazette: I On Politics

By John Toscano

US Rep. Carolyn Maloney welcomed on April 3 an endorsement in her reelection campaign from the New York State AFL-CIO, which champions rights and protections far beyond their 3,000 affiliated union locals and their 2.5 million members, retirees and families.

“I am proud to stand with the working men and women of this city and their leaders in the New York State AFL-CIO as we fight to take back Democratic control of the Congress and reverse the false promises and destructive actions of the Trump administration,” said Maloney, who represents New York’s 12th Congressional District. “Whether private or public sector, or the building trades, unions have been, and continue to be, the key to expanding economic justice in this city and this country. Together we can build a better America.”

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April 13, 2018

New Gun Safety Legislation Announced

Source: Queens Gazette

Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) was joined by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Gays Against Guns, and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence on the steps of New York City Hall to announce on April 5 the introduction of new of gun safety legislation related to the efficacy of our nation’s background check system.

Our background check system is only as good as its data but, under current law, the FBI and ATF are not given the tools they need to make sure that National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is working properly. Currently, records of allowed firearms sales must be destroyed within 24 hours of approval, Maloney explained.

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