MALONEY’S GUN SAFETY BILLS TO CRACK DOWN ON GUN VIOLENCE: Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, introduced on January 28th three bills to promote gun safety: The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, the NICS Review Act, and the Firearm Risk Protection Act.

“If more guns made us safe, we’d be the safest country in the world, but we are far from it,” said Rep. Maloney. “The group of bills I am introducing today will save lives and promote safe gun ownership by closing the gun show loophole, giving law enforcement the tools it needs to go after fraudulent gun purchases by keeping National Instant Background Checks on record for 90 days instead of just the 24 hours currently allowed, and requiring gun owners to carry liability insurance just as we do car owners. It’s time that this country got serious about gun violence and I’m determined to see that we do.”

Gun Show Loophole Closing Act:

Currently, people who buy guns at gun shows are not subject to background checks. This bill would close this loophole and give ATF (the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) the resources and authority it needs to ensure that gun shows do not facilitate dangerous gun sales. It will also make sure that law enforcement knows the details about shows and that records are kept on firearm sales.

The NICS Review Act:

This common-sense bill will make it less likely that guns get into the wrong hands. It would require that the FBI keep all National Instant Background Check System (NICS) records for no less than 90 days after giving gun purchasing approval so that the FBI and ATF have the time they need to review background check records. This simple change would make it more difficult for dangerous individuals to skirt the law and the safeguards we’ve put in place.

Firearm Risk Protection Act:

We need to incentivize responsible gun ownership. This would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance, which will help to ensure they use and store their guns responsibly.

MALONEY ON CBO’S REPORT ON ECONOMIC COSTS OF SHUTDOWN: Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), vice chair designate of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement upon the release of the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the costs of the shutdown.

“Today’s report from the Congressional Budget Office makes clear that the Trump Shutdown caused permanent damage to our economy. It reduced economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2018 and first quarter of this year – $3 billion of that lost economic activity will never be recovered.

“In addition, hundreds of thousands of federal workers had their lives turned upside down and millions of Americans couldn’t access government services. All of this was unnecessary.

“I sincerely hope that the president has learned from his mistake. We cannot afford to squander economic growth and he must never again treat federal workers as a bargaining chip in a negotiation.”

MALONEY: ‘JOB GROWTH MASKS PAIN’: Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), vice chair designate of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor announced 304,000 jobs were added in January:

“It’s heartening to see continued strong job growth, despite the recent shutdown.  However, the numbers mask the economic pain of 800,000 government workers and many more contractors who had to scramble to pay bills without paychecks, as well as the millions of Americans who were affected in one way or another by the longest government shutdown in history. We won’t know the full impact of the shutdown for some time and the president is making matters (worse) by refusing to take another shutdown off the table.

“At a time when workers’ wages have finally begun to move higher, our focus must be on keeping that progress going. We cannot afford self-inflicted damage from a shutdown and other reckless economic policies. It’s imperative that Congress do as much as possible to create an environment where workers’ wages move up alongside gains in corporate profits and productivity. Promoting competition, boosting the minimum wage, and strengthening worker bargaining power are all actions we should take to boost incomes.”