HOUSE COMMITTEE INCLUDES $50M FOR GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH:

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), lead sponsors of the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019, released the following statements after it was announced that the proposed House Labor-HHS-Education funding bill for fiscal year 2020 includes $50 million for gun violence research.

“I have been introducing legislation with Sen. Markey for years now to provide much-needed funding for gun violence research and am thrilled that the proposed Labor-HHS-Education funding bill includes it,” said Rep. Maloney. “These funds mean that we can finally study the gun violence epidemic properly and use the data we gain to create even better gun safety policy. Gun violence is a public health epidemic and it’s way past time we treat it like one.”

Maloney and Markey explained, “For over 20 years, an appropriations rider known as the Dickey Amendment has limited our understanding of the gun violence epidemic by stymying research into gun violence. The Dickey Amendment prevents the CDC from using funds to ‘advocate or promote gun control,’ but it has been misconstrued as a ban on gun violence prevention research. Last year, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified that the Dickey Amendment does not prevent the CDC from conducting research into gun violence prevention, and report language accompanying the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations legislation similarly made this clarification. Before his death, the author of the original rider – former Representative Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) – came out in support of funding gun violence prevention research at the CDC, and stated that the rider should not stand in the way of researching the epidemic of gun violence.”

The Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019 would fund research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on firearms safety and gun violence prevention. Last year, doctors and public health officials across the country came out in support of such research and affirmed the need to address gun violence as the health crisis that it is, the officials concluded.

HOUSE DEMS PASS HR9: CLIMATE ACTION NOW ACT:

On May 2 the US House of Representatives passed the Climate Action Now Act (H.R.9). Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement after her vote helped pass the act, The Climate Action Now Act, legislation to confront the climate crisis: “Climate change is one of the most dangerous threats we face today. We must act, and we must act now. I was proud to join with my colleagues today to pass this bill, an important first step as we work to combat this crisis. This bill is a meaningful step forward to protect public health, and clean air and clean water for our children; advance our economy and global preeminence in green technology; defend our national security; and honor our moral responsibility to pass on a healthy and sustainable future for our children.”

The Climate Action Now Act prohibits any federal funds from being used to take any action to advance the withdrawal of the US from the landmark Paris Agreement. It also calls on the president to develop and make public a plan for how the United States will meet our commitment to reduce pollution and ensure our preeminence in green technology and the good-paying jobs it creates for American workers.

Passage of the Climate Action Now Act follows the establishment of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, which Maloney voted to create on January 9. The Select Committee is tasked with developing creative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis while providing strong, urgently needed oversight and investigatory actions.

HOUSE WILL DEFEND ANTIFGM/ C LAW IN RESPONSE TO DOJ INACTION:

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), who last week wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to step in to defend the law banning female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), on May 1 praised Pelosi’s announcement that the House of Representatives has filed a motion to do just that. This comes after the recent US Department of Justice decision not to defend the 1996 law after it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court judge in Michigan. “The filing of this brief shows what a difference it makes to have a pro-woman, pro-civil rights majority in charge in the House of Representatives. Female genital mutilation/cutting is a cruel, grotesque and extremely painful procedure that causes physical and psychological harm that can last a lifetime. It is internationally recognized as a human rights violation and must be outlawed nationwide. The Trump administration’s decision to not step in to defend the law barring this practice is just a continuation of its war on women and girls, which seems to know no bounds. I am so grateful to Speaker Pelosi for giving this issue the attention it deserves and for stepping up to defend women and girls from this horrific practice.”

MALONEY STATEMENT ON YOM HASHOAH:

On Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day (May 1-2), Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), sponsor of the bipartisan Never Again Education Act, released the following statement: “Today, on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust. It is in their memory that we say ‘Never Again.’ Yet, this promise rings hollow as incidents of anti-Semitism continue to rise around the country. Just this past Saturday, on the final day of Passover, a gunman entered Chabad of Poway synagogue and killed Lori Gilbert Kaye and injured three others. Six months before, another gunman attacked Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, killing 11 worshippers and injuring 7 more.

“So, to fulfill our solemn promise of Never Again, we must take action. We must make sure our children learn about the Holocaust and the dangers of hate and anti-Semitism. This is why I introduced and am working to pass my bipartisan Never Again Education Act, which now has more than 120 cosponsors, to give our teachers the resources and training they need to teach our children the important lessons of the Holocaust and the consequences of intolerance and hate. Because if we do not learn from history, we are condemned to repeat it.”