WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) was ranked the third most effective Democratic lawmaker in the 116th Congress according to a study by the Center for Effective Lawmaking released last month. Six of Congresswoman Maloney’s bills were made law last Congress – passed either as stand-alone bills or folded into larger packages.
“I remain as committed as ever to deliver for my constituents in New York and pass laws that make a difference in people’s lives. I was sent to Congress to represent their needs and goals and I am proud to have delivered on these and other promises. As we begin the 117th Congress, I hope to beat this ranking over the next two years as I work with my colleagues to deliver on legislation that will help us build back better and promote a more equal and equitable economy and society. This recognition pushes me to want to accomplish even more,” said Rep. Maloney.
Congresswoman Maloney’s legislation enacted in the 116th Congress:
Corporate Transparency Act
Congresswoman Maloney first introduced legislation to crack down on anonymous shell companies, which have long been the vehicle of choice for money launderers, terrorists, and criminals, in 2009. Originally named the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act, a version of the bill has been introduced in every subsequent Congress by Congresswoman Maloney. The Congresswoman introduced H.R. 2513, the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019, on May 3, 2019. It was passed by the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 249-173 on October 22, 2019. A version of the bill was included in the FY21 NDAA. [Public Law No: 116-283]
Smithsonian Women's History Museum
Beginning in 1998, Congresswoman Maloney has led the effort to create a museum dedicated to the contributions women have made throughout the history of the United States. In 2014, Congress passed Rep. Maloney’s legislation to create a Congressional Commission to study the establishment of such a museum. Based on the Commission recommendations, Rep. Maloney introduced the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act to establish a women’s history museum on the National Mall. H.R. 1980 was passed by the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 374-37 on February 11, 2019. A version of the bill was included in the omnibus package that passed the House on December 21, 2020 and was signed into law on December 27, 2020. [Public Law No: 116-260]
Never Again Education Act
The Never Again Education Act expands the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) education programming to teachers nationwide, requiring the museum to develop and disseminate resources to improve awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and its lessons. A total of $2 million will be allocated annually in 2020, and for each of the next four years, to the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund, administered by the USHMM’s governing body, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. The Never Again Education Act, which passed in the House of Representatives with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 393-5 on January 27, 2020, International Holocaust Remembrance Day was passed in the Senate by unanimous consent on May 13, 2020. [Public Law No: 116-141]
Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019
The Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019 reauthorizes the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Elimination Grant Program through Fiscal Year 2024. It provides grants for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program; for DNA training and education for law enforcement personnel, corrections personnel, and court officers; and under the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Program. Congresswoman Maloney is the original sponsor of the 2004 Debbie Smith Act which established the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program to process the backlog of DNA evidence kits. [Public Law No: 116-104]
Federal Employee Paid Leave Act, in part
The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA) would provide 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to federal workers to care for themselves and their families. Rep. Maloney was able to get part of this bill, 12 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child, included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was signed into law on December 20, 2019. [Public Law No: 116-92]
Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act
On February 15, 2019, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) announced that, due to a funding shortfall, injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors would receive cuts to the awards that they were expecting of 50% for pending claims and 70% for future claims.
In the years since 9/11/2001, thousands of 9/11 responders and survivors have become ill and many have lost their lives from exposure to a toxic cocktail of burning chemicals, pulverized drywall and powdered cement that was present at Ground Zero. After years of urging Congress to act, in 2010 and again in 2015, legislation was passed to provide medical monitoring and treatment through the World Trade Center Health Program until 2090. However, the VCF was only extended until 2020. With thousands facing dramatically reduced awards, Congresswoman Maloney introduce the Never Forget the Heroes Act to fully fund and effectively make permanent the VCF so that it would remain open for those who will become ill in the future. A veto-proof bipartisan majority of the United States Congress cosponsored this legislation. The legislation passed the House of Representatives with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 402-12 on July 12, 2019 and in the Senate by a vote of 97-2 on July 23, 2019. It was signed into law on July 29, 2019. [Public Law 116-34]