June 8, 2018

Maloney pushes Congress to pass Equal Rights Amendment

Source: Talk Media News

By  Bryan Renbaum

WASHINGTON – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) called on Congress to approve a constitutional amendment that would guarantee equal rights for women.

“We are all unified in calling, finally, for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in our constitution,” Maloney said at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, accompanied by actress Alyssa Milano and fellow women’s rights activists.

“Lack of recognition of women’s equality in our constitution perpetuates this idea that women are less than, which then can lead to unequal treatment, abuses of power, sexual harassment and assault,” Milano said. “The ERA will prevent protection laws from being repealed and women’s progress from being rolled back,” she added.

The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced in 1921. It calls for the end of legal covenants said to favor men in divorce, employment, property and other venues.

To be adopted, the ERA must receive the support of two-thirds of both the House and Senate as well as ratification by 38 states. Thirty-seven states have ratified the ERA. Congress historically has been reluctant to take up the issue.

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June 8, 2018

Actress Alyssa Milano, lawmakers make new push for Equal Rights Amendment

Source: ABC News

By Ali Rogin

Forty-six years after Congress originally passed it, the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution is just one state short of ratification, and Wednesday actress Alyssa Milano joined with Democratic lawmakers in a campaign calling for that last state to do so.

Milano connected the efforts back to other women’s movements that have gained momentum in the last year in response to a wellspring of reporting about sexual and other types of harassment and abuse in the workplace.

“Women came together, in the last year, to say ‘Me Too.’ We supported each other and we held men accountable by saying ‘Time’s Up.’ Well, I’m here today to say, the time is now to pass the ERA so that all citizens of our country have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” Milano said during a press conference on Capitol Hill.

Milano was joined by Rep. Carolyn Maloney and other members of Congress. Later Wednesday Maloney was holding a “shadow hearing” where Milano and other stakeholders would testify, so called because it’s not officially recognized by a congressional committee. Maloney asked House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to hold a hearing but he has not responded to her.

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June 8, 2018

Cause Celeb: Alyssa Milano testifies on Capitol Hill in ‘shadow hearing’ on Equal Rights Amendment

Source: The Washington Post

By Emily Heil

Cause: Passage of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which backers say would ensure equal rights for women are guaranteed. Congress passed the law in 1972, but efforts to get states to ratify had stalled until being revived recently in response to the anti-sexual-assault #MeToo movement. Last month, Illinois became the 37th state to ratify the amendment, meaning it’s only one state away from being ratified nationally, though there’s uncertainty about whether it would go into effect if one more state approves it, or if the expired deadline for state passage would prevent that.

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June 8, 2018

ERA Can’t Get a Hearing, So Maloney Holds Her Own

Source: Roll Call

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney is sick of not being able to get a hearing on ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment so she hosted her own on Wednesday.

And, she brought in some star power.

Actress and activist Alyssa Milano joined Maloney and fellow Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California for a shadow hearing on the ERA. Milano served as a witness, as did Carol Robles-Román, ERA Coalition co-president, and Jessica Lenahan, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Castle Rock v. Gonzales.

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June 4, 2018

SHEET METAL WORKERS BACK CAROLYN MALONEY

Source: Queens Gazette: I On Politics

By John Toscano

SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, and its New York City Local 137, endorsed Congress Member Carolyn Maloney for reelection in New York’s 12th Congressional District.

“There has been a lot of talk about income inequality, but only a few in Congress actually work to reverse working-class and middle-class wages from continuing to stagnate. Congresswoman Maloney is one of them. She has always fought for fairness and opportunity for working families. This diverse membership of sheet metal workers, conductors, engineers and welders to name just a few, enthusiastically support Carolyn Maloney for reelection,” said Joseph Sellers, Jr., General President of SMART.

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June 4, 2018

MALONEY EXPRESSES STRONG OPPOSITION TO DODD-FRANK ROLL BACK BILL

Source: Queens Gazette: I On Politics

By John Toscano

Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment on the House Committee on Financial Services, released the following statement after taking to the House floor on May 22 to urge a “no” vote on S.2155 (“the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act”), a bill that would roll back Dodd-Frank enacted consumer and investor protections.

“Eight million people lost their jobs in the financial crisis, 6 million people lost their homes, and more than $15 trillion dollars in wealth was destroyed. Yet, the authors of this bill seem to have forgotten that.

“Ahead of the financial crisis—the worst recession in our nation’s history— predatory lenders saddled unsuspecting borrowers with toxic mortgages that they didn’t understand and couldn’t afford. Too often, these predatory lenders targeted communities of color—and when these toxic mortgages blew up, it devastated these communities.

“In response, we passed the Dodd-Frank Act—and I had the privilege of serving on the Conference Committee. Dodd-Frank imposed tough new rules on mortgage lenders, and beefed up our efforts to crack down on lending discrimination. This bill would roll back some of these important protections.

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June 4, 2018

Alyssa Milano, Maloney push for Equal Rights Amendment

Source: New York Post

By Nikki Schwab

WASHINGTON — While most Americans think gender equality is the law of the land, the Equal Rights Amendment — which would constitutionally guarantee that — was never ratified.

Actress Alyssa Milano is adding star power to a new push to get the 70s-era amendment added to the Constitution, teaming up with Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) for an event on Capitol Hill next Wednesday.

Maloney has re-introduced the ERA this session and supporters got a boost this week when Illinois became the 37th state to ratify the amendment, which first passed Congress in 1972.

Thirty-eight are needed.

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May 25, 2018

Maloney, Simotas honor three ‘exceptional’ Astoria women

Source: Times Ledger

By Bill Parry

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) hosted their annual luncheon last Friday to celebrate women’s history and honor three exceptional women from the neighborhood for their commitment to community service.

The honorees were: Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Hour Children, which is based in Long Island City; Sadete Mujovic, a public relations coordinator for the Astoria-based Queens chapter of the Muslim American Society; and Marie Torniali, executive director of the Central Astoria LDC and chairwoman of Community Board 2.

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May 25, 2018

MALONEY WANTS SPECIFICS FROM AZAR ON CDC STUDY OF GUN VIOLENCE

Source: Queens Gazette: I On Politics

By John Toscano

Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) asked Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar how he plans to use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) increased FY2018 budget to conduct gun violence research. Maloney is the House sponsor of a bill that would not only repeal the Dickey Amendment, but also authorize funding for gun violence research at the CDC.

Rep. Maloney notes in her May 15 letter to Secretary Azar that “on February 15, prior to omnibus passage, you were quoted as saying the Dickey Amendment ‘does not in any way impede our ability to conduct our research mission. We’re in the science business and the evidence-generating business, and so I will have our agency certainly working in this field.’”

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May 25, 2018

Maloney pushes Justice official on Census

Source: Times Ledger

By Naeisha Rose

The acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has agreed to testify — again –about adding a controversial question on citizenship to the Census after U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) demanded that he appear following his decision to skip an earlier hearing.

John Gore, the acting assistant attorney general, will testify Friday about the question to identify an immigrant’s legal status, which will be added to the 2020 census forms, according to a spokesman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

This comes days after Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) agreed to Maloney’s request to have Gore subpoenaed after he failed to go to a May 8 committee hearing about the census.

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