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WASHINGTON – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced that his legislation to require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a comprehensive study into the long-term health effects of PFOS/PFOA exposure will be signed into law as part of the defense bill. The Investing in Testing Act, originally introduced in 2016, was included in the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed both the House and Senate, and will head to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.
New Windsor, NY —Today, after working alongside Stephanie Keegan of Somers, NY who lost her son Daniel shortly after his transition out of the military and Nelson Rivera, the Dutchess County Veterans Agency Director, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced the introduction of the Know Your Vets Act, which will help veterans safely transition out of military service.
WASHINGTON – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) released the following statement after he voted against the Republican tax plan. The bill passed on a vote of 227-205.
WASHINGTON – After the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the establishment of six new enforcement teams to stop the flow of heroin and fentanyl, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) asked the Administration to focus its efforts on the Hudson Valley in addition to Long Island. It is expected that the teams will track leads throughout the region, but Rep. Maloney specifically called upon the DEA to provide assistance to folks in the Hudson Valley.
Poughkeepsie, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), New York State Senator Sue Serino, and Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced that through their collaborative efforts, all residents of the Rip Van Winkle affordable housing complex have been able to return to their homes. Some issues with heating remain, but Rep. Maloney has facilitated a call with the Mayor’s office and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to determine next steps.
WASHINGTON – After working alongside Ros Thackurdeen, a resident of Newburgh whose son died while studying abroad, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney introduced two bills to help students make safer choices about studying in a foreign country. The American Students Abroad Act and Ravi Thackurdeen Safe Students Study Abroad Act would update reporting requirements on universities and the State Department to help families make better decisions about where their students study abroad.
WASHINGTON – A day after receiving a personal update on Hurricane relief efforts from Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) grilled Major General Donald E. Jackson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the slow response to the disaster. Governor Rosselló noted that six weeks after Hurricane Maria made landfall, the island only has approximately 400 crews working to reestablish the power grid, when 2,000 are needed.
Middletown, NY – In response to the increasing number of heroin and opioid overdoses in libraries here in the Hudson Valley and across the country, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) introduced the Life-saving Librarians Act to empower unlikely heroes in the fight against overdose deaths. Unfortunately, libraries have become a common site for opioid and heroin overdoses. Library staff have responded by educating themselves on the use of Narcan, an antidote which immediately reverses the effects of overdoses.
WASHINGTON – In response to concerns about the elimination of the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) voted against the Republican budget that sets the stage for the passage of a forthcoming GOP tax bill. This budget is a mechanism to allow the Senate to pass a tax bill without a single Democratic vote and caps debate at 20 hours. The initiation of this process, known as “Budget Reconciliation,” signals an unwillingness to cooperate on a bipartisan bill.
Newburgh, NY – Shortly after surveying the damage in Puerto Rico, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) will convene a task force of local organizations to consolidate relief efforts and draft policy recommendations for federal aid efforts. The event will be held on Friday, October 27th at 1:30 PM at Rep. Maloney’s Newburgh office, 123 Grand Street, Second Floor, Newburgh, NY 12550.