HOUSE BILL TO PROTECT HEALTH CARE PASSES:
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), along with 228 other Democratic House members and five Republicans, voted on May 18 to pass HR 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, a major piece of legislation that addresses two top concerns of the American people – lowering prescription drug prices and defending vital protections for people with preexisting conditions. This bill is a critical component of the For The People agenda. Following passage of the bill, Congresswoman Maloney released the following statement:
“Last night, I was proud to vote for the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act which will protect the Affordable Care Act from Republican sabotage and make prescription drugs more affordable.
“Among other provisions, this bill will block expansion of junk insurance plans that don’t provide the most basic healthcare coverage and will restore funding for open enrollment outreach and assistance so that everyone can get covered. It will also prevent drug companies from buying off the competition to delay generic drugs from being produced. This will pave the way to bringing generics to the market faster.”
HISTORIC EQUALITY ACT PASSES HOUSE:
On May 17, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, voted to pass HR 5, the Equality Act, to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are granted the full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law. The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.
Following passage of the bill, Rep. Maloney released the following statement:
“Today, we had a historic moment on the floor of the House and I was so proud to join 235 of my colleagues in voting to pass the Equality Act, sweeping new civil rights legislation that will prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ Americans in all walks of life. I have fought for equality for my entire career and this is one of the proudest moments of my career in public service.
“Being able to be your true self shouldn’t depend on where you live. All LGBTQ Americans deserve nothing less than full rights and equal protections under the law and that’s exactly what the Equality Act will provide. The Senate should immediately vote on this important bill and send it to the president’s desk.”
Fifty percent of the national LGBTQ community still live in states where, though they have the right to marry, they have no explicit non-discrimination protections in other areas of daily life. Only 21 states have explicit laws barring discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations, and only 20 states have such protections for gender identity. In most states, a same-sex couple can get married one day and legally denied service at a restaurant, be fired from their jobs or evicted from their apartment the next. The Equality Act amends existing federal civil rights laws to create a nationwide standard that explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
MALONEY: FAA MUST OVERSEE HELICOPTERS:
Following news that a helicopter crashed into the Hudson River, Rep. Maloney immediately released the following statement:
“Last year, following a tourist helicopter crash into the East River, I called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), New York City, and municipalities in New Jersey to ban helicopter flights over Manhattan and Brooklyn until the safety of operating helicopter flights in densely populated urban airspaces could be studied properly. We were fortunate that today’s crash did not result in any fatalities, but that has not always been the case. Helicopter crashes not only threaten the lives of the passengers, but they also endanger the lives of many innocent bystanders who live and work in a heavily populated area like New York City. Helicopter flights are not subject to proper regulation and safety standards and pose significant public safety risks to our community. Today’s crash is yet another reminder that oversight of helicopter operations over New York City is absolutely necessary.”