Keeping Promises to Our Veterans and Military Personnel
The Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act: included in the VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2013. Signed into law in December 2013, the bill enables the VA to contract outside physicians to conduct medical exams and help alleviate the backlog at the VA. Read more.
The Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act, included in the VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act of 2015: Signed into law again in September 2015, the bill enables the VA to contract outside physicians to conduct medical exams on service members in order to alleviate the current backlog at the VA. Read more.
The Wounded Warrior Employment Improvement Act: Signed into law in December 2015, the bill lowers the unacceptably-high unemployment rate of combat disabled veterans by reforming the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. The bill is supported by the American Legion, the VFW, the IAVA, VetsFirst, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Read more.
Air Traffic Controller Hiring Improvement Act: Included as a part of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act and signed into law in July of 2016, this bill works to improve the hiring and staffing of air traffic controllers at the FAA. Read more.
Disabled Veterans Student Loan Protection Act: Included in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act Conference Report, this bill reduces the burden on veterans to ensure their federal student loans are discharged. Read more.
The Appropriate Care for Disabled Veterans Act: Included in the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act Conference Report and signed into law in September 2016, the bill extends a mandate that the VA report to Congress its capacity for specialized treatment and rehabilitative needs of disabled veterans. Read more.
Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act: Passed into law as an amendment to the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act in September of 2016, the bill enables the VA to use contract physicians to conduct medical disability exams in order to help alleviate the current backlog at the VA.
Protecting Servicemembers from Debt Collectors Act: Included in the fiscal year 2017 NDAA passed in May of 2016, this provision protects active duty service members from harsh debt collection techniques. Read more.
Disabled Veterans Red Tape Reduction Act: Signed into law again in December 2017, the bill enables the VA to contract outside physicians to conduct medical disability exams in order to help alleviate the current backlog at the VA. Read more.
The Know Your Vets Act: included in the fiscal year 2019 NDAA. This bill gives veterans the option to have their final certificate of discharge paperwork, also known as a DD-214 form, sent to a county Veterans Service Officer in their community. Read more.
Protecting Our Water and Investing in Our Infrastructure
The Investing in Testing Act: Signed into law in November of 2017, this bill requires the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to conduct a federal study into the long-term health effects of PFOS/PFOA exposure in response to water contamination concerns in Newburgh. Read more.
Anchorage Prohibition: Passed as an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill in 2017, this provision would prohibit the U.S. Coast Guard from establishing any anchorages along the Hudson River between Yonkers and Kingston. Read more.
The Dam Safety Act, included in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act: Signed into law in June 2014, the bill reauthorizes the National Dam Safety Program and provides infrastructure investment funds for states to use when conducting dam inspections, purchasing equipment, and developing Emergency Action Plans. Read more.
Rail Safety Enforcement Act, included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act: Signed into law in December 2014, the bill requires the Federal Railroad Administration to review current implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC), simple Wi-Fi and GPS technology that helps control the speed of trains and keep passengers safe. Read more.
The Safe Bridges Investment Act of 2015: Signed into law in December 2015, the bill provides counties and municipalities with the funds they desperately need to fix aging and deficient bridges by opening up billions of dollars in federal highway funds for New York. Read more.
The Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Act of 2015: Signed into law in December 2015, the bill helps states and communities make safety upgrades at dangerous highway-rail grade crossings. Read more.
The Passenger Train Derailment Prevention Act of 2015: Signed into law in December 2015, the bill requires passenger railroads and freight lines to identify high-hazard curves and take action to enhance safety at these junctures. Read more.
Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015: Signed into law in December 2015, the bill would allow for more efficient investment in crucial transportation and infrastructure projects around the country by creating a one-stop-shop within the U.S. DOT to facilitate public-private partnerships. Read more.
The Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act: Signed into law in December of 2016 as a part of the Water Infrastructure Investment for the Nation Act, the bill creates a $445 million grant program to ensure states have the funding necessary to make critical safety upgrades and repairs to high-hazard dams that fail to meet minimum safety standards. New York State has the 8th most high hazard dams in the country totaling 403, with nearly 100 of those dams in the Hudson Valley. Read more.
The Dam Safety Reauthorization Act: Signed into law in October 2018 as part of the Water Resources Development Act, the legislation reauthorizes the National Dam Safety Program for 5 years and includes a variety of initiatives to protect Hudson Valley residents from over 100 “high hazard” dams in the area. Read more.
The Airplane KITS Act: Passed as part of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act, the legislation directs the Federal Aviation Administration to initiate a rulemaking to ensure that aircraft medical kits contain appropriate medication and equipment to meet the emergency medical needs of children, including an epinephrine auto-injector. Read more.
Fighting The Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
Opioid Review Modernization Act: Passed in May 2016, the bill helps address the current opioid abuse crisis by improving educational training for prescribing physicians and incentivizing the pharmaceutical industry to include anti-abuse properties in new medications. Read more.
Supporting our Farmers
The Creating Reliability for Our Producers (CROP) Act: included in the 2014 Farm Bill. The best-ever Farm Bill for the Hudson Valley includes Rep. Maloney’s bipartisan, budget neutral CROP Act, which reforms the specialty crop insurance program by investing in the development of new and improved plans that better protect small, diversified family farms. Read more.
Support for Farmers in Black Dirt Region: To address local flooding issues in important agricultural areas of Orange County, the Farm Bill, which was signed into law in February 2014, includes language secured by Rep. Maloney directing the Secretary of Agriculture to work with producers whose operations contain muck soils like those in the Hudson Valley. Read more.
Young and Beginning Farmers Act: Included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Reauthorizes Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and combines with Socially Disadvantaged and Vet Farmers program to create the new Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach (FOTO) program with permanent mandatory funding. Read more.
Local FARMS Act: Included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Created the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) - combines the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and the Value-Added Producers Grant Program (VAPG) at $60M/year. Read more.
Whole Farm Crop Insurance Improvement Act: Included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Requires the Risk Management Agency (RMA) to develop a plan to cover more specialty and value-added crops. It also expands the definition of “beginning farmer and rancher” from a five to ten year qualification window for Whole Farm Revenue Protection. Read more.
Other Legislative Initiatives
FERC Accountability Act, included in the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act: Signed into law in December 2014, this bill ensures bureaucrats are held accountable and reasserts Congressional authority over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and requires it to report quarterly to consumers on actions and costs related to new capacity zones in the Hudson Valley. Read more.
Critical Support for Highland Falls Schools, included in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): Signed into law in December 2014, this language fixed an artificial cap that prevented the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District from getting its full share of aid and that was shortchanging the school district by approximately $2 million a year. Read more.
The Human Trafficking Prevention Act of 2015: Signed into law in May 2015, the bill expands educational training for high ranking Foreign Service Officers and government personnel in order to curb human trafficking at its source and take action before people are trafficked across international borders into the United States. Read more.
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, included in the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): Signed into law in December 2014, this language ensured that the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, key to regional tourism, could continue operating and accessing federal funding for projects in the Area. Read more.
Critical Support for Highland Falls Schools: Passed into law as part of the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act, the bill included $3.5 billion in educational support for Highland Falls Schools. Read more.
Tick-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2015: Signed into law in December 2016 as part of the updated 21st Century Cures Act, the bill creates an interagency working group – that includes doctors and patient advocates – tasked with coordinating the government's efforts against tick-borne illness. Read more.
Monroe Post Office: Signed into law in December 2014, this provision renamed the post office in Monroe, NY to honor local hero, Gregg Wenzel, who lost his life in service to his country. This was the first Post Office in the nation to honor a fallen officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. Read more.
Bronze Star Contract Audit: Passed as part of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act, the legislation requires the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to begin an audit of the Bronze Star contract within 30 days and issue a report to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs within 180 days. The audit must consider the contracting and evaluation process, accountability requirements, and how the contract cancellation affected the provision of supplies to people in need in Puerto Rico. Read more.
The Gregg Wenzel Clandestine Heroes Parity Act: included in the Fiscal Year 2020 NDAA. This bill broadens death benefits to Central Intelligence Agency officers who die while serving America overseas and is named in honor of Gregg David Wenzel, from Monroe, NY, who lost his life in Ethiopia while serving in the CIA. Read more.
The Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area: included in the Bipartisan Lands Package. This bill designates the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area as the Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley Heritage Area. Read more.