May 17, 2019

I On Politics

Source: Queens Gazette

By John Toscano

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.”

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May 17, 2019

Urgent Call For NYPD To Guard All Shuls

Source: The New York Jewish Week

By Stewart Ain

In the wake of last week’s shooting at the Chabad of Poway outside San Diego and six months after the rampage at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, a prominent Manhattan rabbi is calling upon the New York Police Department to guard every synagogue in the city.

Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, spiritual leader of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, a leading Orthodox congregation, said providing such protection is “not a Jewish responsibility, it is a government responsibility.”

“As a community, we need to say it is outrageous that Jews in America need to spend millions upon millions of dollars on security,” the rabbi noted. “This is essentially a tax on the community that is levied by anti-Semites. This is wrong and unacceptable. We know we have to do it, but we have to make it clear that it is unacceptable. The government should provide proper police protection during hours of worship.”

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May 8, 2019

Gandhi should be honoured with Congressional Gold Medal: US lawmaker

Source: The Tribune

Mahatma Gandhi, whose principles of non-violence inspired world leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, should be honoured this year with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the US, as the world commemorates his 150th birth anniversary, an influential American lawmaker has said.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney from New York, who in September last year introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives to posthumously present the Congressional Gold Medal to Gandhi in recognition of his promotion of nonviolence, said Gandhi had been a “truly inspirational leader, historic figure”.

Gandhi was “transformational in so many ways” and an inspiration to all Americans and people across the world, Maloney said while addressing an audience at the Consulate General of India in New York at the event ‘Non Violence: A message of Lord Mahavir’ and the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi organised by the International Ahimsa Foundation USA (IAF).

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May 8, 2019

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney wears official FDNY jacket to Met Gala 2019

Source: Page Six

By Mara Siegler

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is ready to turn up the heat on the Met Ball red carpet.

The politico will arrive at Monday’s fête donning a bright yellow dress and an official FDNY jacket to raise awareness for the 9-11 Victims Compensation Fund.

“It’s fashion with a purpose,” she told us. “I’m not Versace, I’m not Gucci, I’m FDNY. The fire department is the best designer in the world, worn by more people than any other designer in the city of New York.”

Maloney has introduced a new bill to renew and permanently fund the Victims Compensation fund, which helps first responders and survivors suffering from 9/11 illness.

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May 8, 2019

Criminals and kleptocrats will find it harder to launder money in U.S. if bill passes

Source: The Washington Post

By Jeanne Whalen

The United States could join a growing list of countries cracking down on anonymous shell companies if a bill gathering support in the House continues gaining steam.

The bill, set for discussion as early as Wednesday in the House Financial Services Committee, would require companies established in the United States to disclose their real owners to the Treasury Department, making it harder for criminals, terrorists and kleptocrats to anonymously launder money or evade taxes.

While anti-corruption campaigners have long fought for such a measure, more recent support from the banking industry and national security hawks has brightened prospects for bipartisan backing, proponents say.

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May 8, 2019

This week: House panel action on BSA bills, others expected

Source: NAFCU

The House and Senate are in session this week, and the House Financial Services Committee is set to hold a markup Wednesday on a number of bills that could impact credit unions. NAFCU will monitor the markup, as well as other hearings on issues including minority homeownership, entrepreneurship and data privacy.

The House Financial Services Committee markup is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Eastern Wednesday. The committee is expected to discuss two NAFCU-supported bills related to Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/anti-money laundering (AML) reforms: one would make changes to AML safeguards and the other would require corporations to disclose more information about their owners. The beneficial ownership bill was officially introduced by Committee Member Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., on Friday.

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May 8, 2019

Washington: Activists, politicians voice concern over human rights violations in Pak’s Sindh

Source: ANI

Human Rights activists and politicians have shown concern over the growing state-run violations of human rights in Sindh and other provinces of Pakistan at a seminar here on Saturday.

The event titled ‘Rights, Security and Development in Sindh: Realities for Pakistan’s Southern Province’ was organised by the World Sindhi Congress.

A panel of speakers including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Michael Kugelman, the Deputy Director of the Asia Program and Senior Associate for South Asia at the Wilson Centre and T Kumar, former International Advocacy Director Amnesty International USA, highlighted the persecution of Sindhi political activists in the hands of state and non-state actors in Pakistan.

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May 8, 2019

Senate Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill to Help Clear Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

Source: Countable

By Countable

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill that would reauthorize programs to reduce the backlog of untested DNA evidence on a voice vote, setting it up for potential floor consideration in the near future.

The Debbie Smith Act (S. 820) was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and would reauthorize programs to reduce the DNA evidence backlog through 2024. Debbie Smith Act programs are the primary federal effort to end the backlog of untested DNA evidence and began when the Debbie Smith Act of 2004 became law and was reauthorized in 2008 and 2014.

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May 3, 2019

Congressional Reps And Activists Call For Ratification Of ERA

Source: The Lansing Star

By Office of Congressman Tom Reed

Washington, DC – Following the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the first Congressional hearing on the ERA in 36 years, Reps. Tom Reed (R-NY), Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; and Steve Cohen (D-TN), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; and Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) joined with Academy Award winning Actor and Activist Patricia Arquette, Award winning Actor and Activist Alyssa Milano, and ERA advocates to call for the amendment’s ratification.

“This marks an important day in our nation’s history with the first congressional hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment in 36 years,” said Reed. “As the youngest of 12 – including 8 older sisters – raised by a single mother after my dad passed away when I was two, I learned early on the strength and power that women possess. We will continue our bipartisan campaign to ensure this historic amendment has a fair shot at being enshrined into our constitution – not only for the thousands of women who have been discriminated against, but for the next generation of women.”

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May 3, 2019

Rep. Maloney Releases Statement on Yom Hashoah

Source: The National Herald

By TNH Staff

WASHINGTON, DC – On Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, 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 eleven worshippers and injuring seven more.

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