December 7, 2018

Rep. Velázquez, Colleagues Press NYPD On Anti-Semitism

Source: The Yeshiva World

Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has led Democratic Members of the New York City Congressional delegation in pressing the New York Police Department (NYPD) for answers on how they are combatting what appears to be a recent wave of anti-Semitic acts. The letter comes shortly after a Columbia University professor found swastikas spray-painted in her office.

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December 7, 2018

New York lags as Equal Rights Amendment on verge of ratification

Source: Albany Times Union

By Rachel Silberstein

Amplified by the #MeToo movement, the federal Equal Rights Amendment, a cause championed by feminists in the 1970s and 1980s, is getting newfound attention from legislatures in southern states like Virginia and South Carolina.

Since Illinois ratified the measure in May, it seems that the ERA, which guarantees equal protections for women in the U.S. Constitution, is just one state from the 38 needed for ratification, though legal hurdles remain.

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December 3, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez and progressive Dems’ Green New Deal gains traction as Trump shrugs off dire warnings from climate scientists

Source: New York Daily News

By Denis Slattery

It’s not easy being green, but it is certainly gaining momentum.

While President Trump attributes his climate change skepticism to his “very high levels of intelligence,” a growing legion of lawmakers and young activists are taking heed of dire warnings being issued by experts and scientists about the catastrophic consequences of inaction.

Progressives, led by New York City’s own Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are joining forces behind an ambitious plan to wean the U.S. off fossil fuels, boost renewable energy jobs and build a “smart” power grid.

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December 3, 2018

NY Rep. Has Hope For 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Source: WBGO

By Ang Santos

Public health officials expect the number of people diagnosed with illnesses related to the World Trade Center attack to keep growing.  A New York Representative is still pushing for permanent financial aid for survivors 17 years later.
“At first they don’t’ see the symptoms but since then many have died, many more will become sick each day and are not able to work,” said New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “It’s important that we give them their health care and compensation for what they did to save others.”

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December 3, 2018

What obstacles are left for the ERA? Virginia’s legislature — and other hurdles too

Source: The Washington Post

By Patricia Sullivan

The Equal Rights Amendment, that artifact from the culture wars of the 1970s and 1980s, could have an unlikely savior: the Old South commonwealth lately known for battles over white supremacy rallies and Confederate statues.

Virginia is changing, with more women elected to the General Assembly and Congress in the past two years and a charged-up electorate of female voters. ERA supporters say the time is right to reverse 46 years of failing to endorse the proposed constitutional amendment, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.

“We know we have the votes,” said Del. Jennifer D. Carroll Foy (D-Prince William), the chief sponsor of the House version. “There is definitely interest on both sides.”

But even if Virginia becomes the 38th state to ratify the ERA — the three-quarters majority required for ratification — the long-sought amendment still faces major hurdles before it can become part of the Constitution.

For one thing, the deadline for ratification came and went in 1982. For another, five states that ratified the amendment later rescinded their votes — although courts have not ruled on whether those rescissions are valid.

“We may end up facing a Supreme Court challenge. And we’re ready,” said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.). “We’re covering all our bases so we have the best chance possible to finally put women’s equality in the Constitution — where it belongs.”

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December 3, 2018

Federal Prisons Director Promises Better Treatment of Female Inmates Following Scathing Report

Source: Government Executive

By Eric Katz

Lawmakers on Wednesday criticized the Trump administration for failing to implement reforms aimed at improving findings of mismanagement at the Bureau of Prisons, an issue they said is being exacerbated by underfunding and understaffing.

Of particular concern at the hearing was the bureau’s treatment of female federal inmates. The agency has taken swift action to make improvements since a scathing Justice Department inspector general report found an array of flawed policies, Director Hugh Hurwitz told members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and is in the process of creating new procedures. The bureau has made feminine hygiene products more readily available, boosted staffing in its Women and Special Populations Branch and ensured compliance with a manual for treatment of female inmates issued in 2016, Hurwitz said.

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December 3, 2018

Senators holding private bipartisan discussions on AML reform deal

Source: American Banker

By Neil Haggerty

A bipartisan group of senators is discussing a possible legislative package to reform anti-money-laundering rules, including adding a requirement that businesses identify their true owners when incorporating, according to Senate staffers familiar with the talks.

Senate Banking Committee members Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., are currently negotiating changes to the Bank Secrecy Act, the aides said. The banking industry has long supported changes to the law, and analysts say BSA reforms are a rare case in a divided Congress where lawmakers could agree on a bipartisan bill.

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December 3, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez-backed Green New Deal sees surprising momentum in House

Source: Think Progress


More and more Democrats are committing to supporting a sweeping, historic green effort that would transform the U.S. economy in an effort to fight climate change, in the latest indicator that environmental issues will be a dominant force in 2019.

As of Wednesday morning, the Sunrise Movement, a climate group led by young people, said at least 15 Democrats are willing to sign onto supporting the formation of a select committee to create a “Green New Deal” endorsed by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). The most recent supporter, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), voiced her support with a statement on Tuesday.

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November 26, 2018

U. S. Rep Carolyn Maloney Presents Women’s Rights Award to Good Friend Jean Shafiroff

Source: New York Gossip Gal

By Roz

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was honored as Woman of the Year at the Roshni TIA Awards Gala for Raising Awareness of Young Women with Autism.

Presenting Mrs. Shafiroff with the prestigious award was her good friend U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney who acknowledged Jean’s significant impact and contributions towards women’s rights and well-being. The Roshni TIA Awards Gala was the first nonprofit initiative for Raising Awareness of Young Women with Autism which received amazing support from up to 350 attendees.

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November 26, 2018

Maloney Condemns Devos’ Proposed Changes to Title IX

Source: Queens Gazette: On Politics

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), author of the Campus SaVE Act and the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), released the following statement in reaction to the proposed rule changes to Title IX from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:

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