Weekly update: Pride 2021 and Equal Pay Moms Day
This Tuesday kicked off Pride 2021, a month dedicated to celebrating the hard-won victories for LGBTQIA + equality that we have achieved, paying tribute to those who have sacrificed so much to progress and recognizing the work that we have achieved. ‘remains to be done. As we see a slew of anti-transgender bills proposed in local governments across the country, it is even more important that we make it clear to transgender youth that we are fighting to keep them safe.
Today marks Equal Pay Moms Day – symbolizing the extra days in 2021 that mothers have to work to be paid the same amount their male peers won at home in 2020. To mark the occasion I hosted a roundtable at Hunter College to look at how the gender pay gap has a particular impact on mothers and what we can do to improve the situation.
More information on these and other updates below.
If you missed this week’s NY-12 COVID vaccine and recovery update, you can read it here.
June is nationally recognized as Pride Month, a time to celebrate hard-won victories for LGBTQIA + equality and honor those who have sacrificed so much to progress.
In the 1980s, as a member of the New York City Council, I drafted the first bill in New York State history to legally recognize same-sex couples. I was first told that the bill was unconstitutional and could not be printed, but I persevered. Today we know that what was unconstitutional was denying the basic right to marriage to millions of Americans. And while we’ve come a long way since then, the LGBTQIA + community still faces unacceptable daily harassment, violence and unequal treatment.
This year marks the 52nd anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and as a New Yorker I am immensely proud and eternally grateful to those who took a stand at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969. Their actions, led by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, sparked a turning point in the gay rights movement, yet half a century later we still have work to do. The Senate must pass the Equality Act, and the House and Senate must pass the resolution calling for an end to homophobia and transphobia, the law on the protection of transgender people in the armed forces and the law on global respect.
We must all work together to defeat the wave of anti-transgender bills that are being proposed in local governments across the country – putting trans youth and their mental health at great risk, and we must fight the bigotry and hatred that lead and encourage the murder of black trans women.
Every American must feel free and protected to live their truth.
In this first Pride Week, I proudly remain a committed ally and promise to never stop fighting until all members of the LGBTQIA + community can live not only without fear of discrimination, but fully embraced as a party. integral to our communities.
Roundtable of the supervisory committee: Equal pay day for mothers
|Watch President Maloney’s opening statement at today’s roundtable here.|
This morning, I hosted a roundtable at Hunter College to mark Equal Pay Moms Day and examine the impact of the gender pay gap on working mothers, including how the gap gender pay has forced many mothers out of the workforce during the pandemic.
As a mother myself, I have personally experienced the hardships and discrimination that many women face in the workplace. Things have improved since I had young children, but they haven’t changed enough! We need to make more progress to ensure that mothers are supported and fairly compensated for the incredible work they do.
You can watch the full roundtable here and read my opening statement here.
Finding Information About Private Company Ransomware Payments
Yesterday I sent letters to Colonial Pipeline Company and CNA Financial Corporation requesting documents regarding their decisions to pay ransoms following recent ransomware attacks.
As I wrote in my letters, I am extremely concerned that the decision to pay international criminal actors is setting a dangerous precedent that will put an even bigger target on critical infrastructure in the future. Congress needs detailed information on ransom payments made to cybercriminal actors to effectively legislate on cybersecurity and ransomware in the United States.
You can read the letters here.
Review of security risks of government telecommuting systems
On Wednesday, I sent letters to ten Inspectors General recommending that they each conduct an assessment of any cyber vulnerabilities created or exacerbated by the use of telecommuting systems by their respective departments and agencies during the coronavirus pandemic, and whether these vulnerabilities have been mitigated.
You can read the full letters from me, National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch; government operations subcommittee chair Gerald E. Connolly; Chairman of the Economic and Consumer Policy Sub-Committee Raja Krishnamoorthi; Chairman of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee Jamie Raskin; and chairman of the Ro Khanna environmental subcommittee here.
GAO Report on Management Problems at the DHS Inspector General’s Office
On Thursday, I joined Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member John Katko, and Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer, to announce the release of a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report we commissioned on systemic issues. management issues at the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS OIG).
It is essential that DHS, a large agency with a national security mission, have a fully functioning Inspector General’s office providing effective oversight. We expect DHS BIG to perform its mission with independence, integrity, transparency and accountability, but this report makes it clear that the office needs to make significant changes to do so. The GAO presented clear evidence that failure to address long-standing weaknesses impacted the quality and timeliness of the OIG’s work and resulted in arbitrary decision-making resulting in low morale and complaints from leadership favoritism. While Inspector General Cuffari responded by saying that work to respond to GAO’s recommendations has started, we need to see a full implementation plan and real action to accomplish it to assess whether the office is on. the right path.
You can read more about the report here.