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BROAD SUPPORT FOR MALONEY’S ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING BILL:
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) announced that her legislation (H.R. 2513, the Corporate Transparency Act) to crack down on money laundering in the US through anonymous shell companies is gaining strong support from a broad coalition of stakeholders on and off Capitol Hill. More than 60 national security experts, 108 NGOs, the Delaware Secretary of State, the Fraternal Order of Police, the National District Attorneys Association, human rights organizations and others have sent letters of support to Congress urging passage of this critical legislation.
“This strong show of support for this badly needed anti-money laundering legislation is very encouraging ahead of Wednesday’s Committee markup. Cracking down on anonymous shell companies just makes common sense and is something that everyone should be able to get behind. I’m glad that once again this is a bipartisan bill with support from groups representing all different perspectives; from law enforcement to good governance groups and financial institutions.”
“Anonymous incorporation isn’t difficult for criminals to do — no US states currently require companies to provide the identities of the company’s true, beneficial owners. This makes it very easy for criminals and other bad actors to manipulate the system and launder or hide money via anonymous shell companies,” Maloney explained.
The House Financial Services Committee is expected to vote on Maloney’s Corporate Transparency Act this week.
Some of what this bill does:
Requires corporations and LLCs disclose their true, beneficial owners to FinCEN at the time the company is formed.
Provides civil and criminal penalties for persons who willfully submit false or fraudulent beneficial ownership information.
The bill targets companies that are more likely to be shell companies and exempts companies with over 20 employees and over $5 million in gross receipts or sales, and which have a physical presence in the US, because companies that employ this many people and that have legitimate, business-related income are very unlikely to be anonymous shell companies that were created to hide or launder illicit funds.
HOUSE VOTES TO PROTECT AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS:
The House of Representatives recently voted to pass H.R.986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, to block the Trump administration’s dangerous October 2018 guidance that gives states the ability to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), who voted for the bill, issued the following statement after the vote:
“In the wealthiest, most industrialized nation in the world, pre-existing conditions cannot be a prescription for bankruptcy. While President Trump is trying to make it legal to discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions, I was proud to vote to keep protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions by passing H.R.986. Healthcare is not a privilege, it is a human right and our nation needs to act like it.”
There are 8,398,900 New Yorkers living with pre-existing conditions.
On October 22, 2018, the Trump administration issued the new guidance allowing states to promote insurance plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and do not cover essential benefits. A coalition of 29 leading patient and health care advocacy groups, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, has expressed strong opposition to the administration’s guidance, stating that, “This dangerous action could take us back to the days when people with pre-existing conditions were openly discriminated against and blatantly denied access to lifesaving care.”
Maloney said, “The (Trump) administration’s guidance undermines the stability of the health care market and allows states to promote so-called ‘short-term, limited-duration’ or junk insurance options, that directly discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. Unlike ACA plans, these junk plans can eliminate coverage of pre-existing conditions, charge premiums based on health status, or reject patients altogether. The administration’s guidance even goes so far as to allow states to use federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize the purchase of these junk plans.”
BILL STOPS FALSE ADVERTISING IN WOMEN’S HEALTHCARE SERVICES:
Congresswomen Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) reintroduced on May 9 the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Healthcare Services Act to crack down on false advertising related to family planning and reproductive health services. This bill directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prohibit reproductive healthcare service providers, including fake women’s health centers, from using deceptive advertising to imply that they provide abortion services when they do not, or that they do not provide abortion services when they do.
“No one should have to question whether the person they are seeking medical advice from is actually a doctor or that information is accurate, objective, and complete,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “It is truly disgusting that women’s reproductive rights are being taken away from them by fake women’s health centers whose guiding principle is to mislead, misinform, and outright lie to pregnant women, all to dissuade them from exercising their constitutionally protected right to have an abortion. It is long past time that we prohibit these predatory tactics to undermine women’s reproductive health. This legislation simply requires the FTC to ensure honesty in advertising for anyone promoting healthcare services to women.”
“Women must be able to trust their health care providers when making critical decisions about family planning and reproductive health,” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “Crisis pregnancy centers mislead women into thinking they provide comprehensive services, then limit women’s options by spreading misinformation about abortion. The mistruths and lies these centers spread can have devastating, long-term consequences for women and their families.”
Maloney explained, “Fake women’s health centers, sometimes called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), are anti-choice advocacy organizations that pretend to be medically licensed reproductive healthcare providers in order to discourage pregnant women from having abortions. Staff at these clinics present themselves as medical professionals even though these centers often do not have a single licensed doctor on site. Their deceptive tactics include disseminating inaccurate information, such as claims that abortion causes infertility. There are more than 4,000 fake women’s health centers nationwide; these centers are estimated to outnumber legitimate reproductive healthcare clinics three to one.”
MALONEY STATEMENT ON SECOND SPAN OF KOSCIUSZKO BRIDGE:
Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement that the second span of the Kosciuszko Bridge will open ahead of schedule and on budget, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), released the following statement:
“After years of planning and construction, I am so thrilled that the second span of the Kosciuszko Bridge will be completed in September 2019, even earlier than the accelerated construction schedule previously announced. That means that the bridge will be done four years ahead of schedule. I’m pleased that the project remains on budget. I am proud to have secured $670 million in federal funding for this project to transform a once crumbling bridge into a state of the art structure that will carry roughly 200,000 vehicles each day. Combined with the first span, the second span of the bridge will have nine lanes of vehicular traffic, shoulders for stalled vehicles, as well as a lane for bike riders and pedestrians. It is expected to speed traffic by 65% over current levels. In addition, the state DOT will be building parks on both the Brooklyn and Queens sides of the bridge. The completed Kosciuszko Bridge will serve as a shining example of New York’s dedication to investing in bold, innovative infrastructure projects. I am grateful that Governor Cuomo continues to think big as he positions New York State for a bright future.”