April 5, 2019

I On Politics

Source: Queens Gazette

By John Toscano

Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) reintroduced two pieces of legislation to combat sexual harassment in the workplace on March 18th: the Ending Secrecy About Workplace Sexual Harassment Act and the No Tax Deductions for Sexual Harasser Buyouts Act.

The two bills, first introduced in December 2017, are designed to end the corporate culture of secrecy surrounding sexual harassment settlements and to no longer allow companies to treat Bill O’Reilly-like severances as an ordinary cost of doing business. As a result, companies will have stronger incentives to prevent sex discrimination, including verbal and physical sexual harassment, from happening in the first place, Rep. Maloney explained. “Sexual harassment should no longer be an issue that is whispered about behind closed doors. Thanks to the inspiring voices of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, we have an opportunity to shine a brighter spotlight on the issue and create permanent incentives for employers to foster safe work environments, not cover up harassment after it happens…

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April 5, 2019

Maloney Unveils Major New Nonprofit Relief Bill

Source: Queens Gazette

n March 29th Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), vice chair of the US Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), unveiled new legislation, the Nonprofit Relief Act of 2019, to undo damage caused by the 2017 Tax Act. Provisions in the law divert money away from charitable missions through higher costs and unfair tax treatment, Maloney explained.

Along with her new bill, Maloney unveiled a new report by her Joint Economic Committee staff, detailing the harmful new costs that nonprofits are now incurring due to the 2017 Tax Act. Maloney was joined by leaders from New York’s nonprofit sector during the announcement.

“I’m proud to introduce the Nonprofit Relief Act of 2019 to undo the costly new burdens nonprofits are facing as a result of the 2017 GOP tax scam so that more money is spent on nonprofits’ core charitable missions,” said Rep. Maloney. “As this new report and these nonprofit leaders make clear, the 2017 Tax Act is causing considerable harm to the nonprofit sector by increasing administrative costs and creating unfair tax situations. Congress needs to correct this soon or many nonprofits will be forced to cut back services or close altogether. That would be a disaster.

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April 5, 2019

North Carolina Bill Requiring Holocaust Education Approved by House Committee

Source: The Daily Caller

By Jacob Orgel

A bill that would require lessons about the Holocaust be taught in middle schools and high schools was approved Tuesday by the North Carolina House Education Committee.

The “Gizella Abramson Holocaust Education Act,” named after the Polish survivor who moved to Raleigh after participating in the resistance movement against the Nazis, would mandate that the State Board of Education includes lessons about the atrocities in English and social studies standard curriculum.

“The survivors are leaving us, and along with their departures, we need to make sure that we live up to the mantra of ‘never again,’” Vice Chairman of the N.C. Council on the Holocaust Richard Schwartz told The Charlotte Observer.

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April 5, 2019

Collins, Fitzpatrick offer bills to create national women’s history museum

Source: The Ripon Advance

By Ripon Advance News Service

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) on March 28 introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would establish a comprehensive women’s history museum in the Smithsonian Institution.

The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Act, S. 959/H.R. 1980, is sponsored by Sen. Collins and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Rep. Fitzpatrick is leading 26 other original cosponsors of H.R. 1980, which is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

“Telling the history of American women matters and a museum recognizing these achievements and experiences is long overdue,” Sen. Collins said. “A museum dedicated to women’s history would help ensure that future generations understand what we owe to those American women who have helped build, sustain and advance our society.”

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April 5, 2019

US Representatives Join Armenian Caucus Call for $100 Million US Artsakh-Armenia Aid Package

Source: The Armenian Weekly


WASHINGTON, DC – Thirty-five U.S. Representatives have joined with Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) in calling upon Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Ranking Member Hal Rogers (R-KY) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations to back a $100 million Fiscal Year 2020 aid package for Artsakh and Armenia, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Cosigners of the Congressional Armenian Caucus letter advancing pro-Armenia and Artsakh funding priorities are Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone, Jackie Speier (D-CA), Vice-Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Jim Costa (D-CA), TJ Cox (D-CA), Madeleine Dean (D-PA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Andy Levin (D-MI), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), James McGovern (D-MA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Tom Suozzi (D-NY) and Dina Titus (D-NV).

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April 5, 2019

Will the United States Finally Get a National Women’s History Museum? Congress Just Introduced Two Bipartisan Bills to Build One

Source: Art Net

By Sarah Cascone

Susan Collins and Diane Feinstein have teamed up on the Senate bill, while Carolyn Maloney has introduced companion legislation in the House.

As Women’s History Month drew to a close last week, Congress introduced bipartisan bills in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to establish a new Smithsonian museum dedicated to women’s history.

“The US needs and deserves a comprehensive women’s history museum that will inspire men and women of all ages and for future generations,” said representative Carolyn Maloney, a democrat from New York, in a statement. “For too long, women who have made extraordinary contributions to our nation have been left out of the telling of our history. We can, and we must, change that.”

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April 5, 2019

The nonprofit fight against the 2017 tax law heats up

Source: NYN Media

By Zach Williams

The state budget is out and here’s how human services did. Assembly speaker Carl Heastie released the following statement early Monday morning on how the $175.5 billion deal affects the human services sector specifically:

“The State Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget includes $33.04 million for the Advantage Afterschool Program, which provides youth development opportunities to school-age children and youth for three hours after school. It also provides $1.5 million for the Disability Advocacy Program, $2 million for refugee resettlement support and $350,000 for those who were displaced from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and have settled in New York. To address the heroin and opioid crisis, this year’s budget includes $2 million for Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialists in New York City, $4.73 million to expand jail-based substance use disorder services in county jails and $350,000 for loan forgiveness and scholarship programs to recruit and retain staff in the prevention, treatment and recovery service system. The budget also provides $21.25 million for agency operations and various veterans programs.”

UPDATE: More budget info is available here.

An April 16 New York City Council hearing will examine contracting issues with human services nonprofits. The Committee on Contracts will consider five bills that would address how the city works with the nonprofits that provide social services on its behalf. Check them out here.

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March 29, 2019

Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 Broadens Beneficial Ownership Reporting

Source: The National Law Review

By Beth Moskow-Schnoll and Juliana B. Carter

In early March, the House Financial Services Committee released three proposed bills to codify many of the suggested reforms discussed during ongoing conversation among financial agencies, law enforcement, financial institutions, and commentators regarding the Bank Secretary Act (“BSA”) and Anti-Money-Laundering (“AML”) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (“CFT”) laws. In this post, we summarize one of the proposed bills, The Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 (the “Act”), which seeks to ensure that persons who form legal entities in the U.S. disclose the beneficial owners of those entities. Although such a law would have broad application, the Act does not include “formation agents,”—i.e., those who assist in the creation of legal entities such as corporations and LLCs—in the definition of financial institutions subject to the BSA.

As we previously blogged, another proposed bill — entitled, “To make reforms to the Federal Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws, and for other purposes” — seeks to reform the BSA and AML laws (the “BSA/AML Reform Bill”) and is divided into three main sections: Strengthening the Treasury; Improving AML/CFT Oversight; and Modernizing the AML System. Next week, we summarize the last of the three related bills, the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Act, which seeks to create an asset recovery rewards program to help identify and recover stolen assets linked to foreign government corruption.

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March 29, 2019

Reps. Maloney, Bilirakis and Payne, Jr. Reintroduce Resolution Calling on the U.K. to Return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece

Source: Hellenic News of America

By Hellenic News

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, just after Greek Independence Day, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced a resolution calling on Great Britain to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

The Marbles were removed from Greece 200 years ago by Thomas Bruce, seventh Earl of Elgin and transported to Great Britain. The Marbles were part of a frieze that wrapped around the Temple of Athena. In 1816, the British Parliament voted to purchase the Marbles and they now reside in the British Museum. Despite years of efforts by the Greek Government to retain the Marbles, it has been unable to negotiate an agreement with its British counterparts to return the Marbles to Greece.

“The Parthenon Marbles belong in Greece, with the Greek people,” said Rep. Maloney…

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March 29, 2019

The economy is growing. Democrats want to know who’s benefiting.

Source: Vex

By Emily Stewart

The United States economy grew by 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter last year, according to updated numbers released by the government on Thursday. Congressional Democrats are renewing their push to figure out if that growth is touching ordinary Americans.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Joint Economic Committee Vice Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on Thursday sent a letter to Bureau of Economic Analysis Director Brian Moyer asking him to provide a breakdown of economic growth for different income groups. This is the continuation of efforts Schumer and Heinrich began last year attempting to highlight income inequality in America.

“Income inequality in the United States has increased dramatically over the last 40 years, with economic gains increasingly concentrated among the most affluent. By contrast, the majority of Americans have seen incomes and wages stagnate, even as the most closely watched measure of our nation’s economic health, Gross Domestic Product, paints a rosier picture,” Schumer and Maloney wrote.

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