Carolyn Bosher Maloney was born on February 19, 1946, in Greensboro, North Carolina. After earning a B.A. from Greensboro College in 1968, she worked as a New York City Board of Education employee (1972-76); a legislative aide and senior program analyst for two New York State Assembly committees (1977-79); an adviser and director in the office of …
Carolyn Bosher Maloney was born on February 19, 1946, in Greensboro, North Carolina. After earning a B.A. from Greensboro College in 1968, she worked as a New York City Board of Education employee (1972-76); a legislative aide and senior program analyst for two New York State Assembly committees (1977-79); an adviser and director in the office of the New York State Senate’s minority leader (1979-82); and a Democratic member of the New York City Council (1982-92). She also volunteered for Mario Cuomo’s mayoral and gubernatorial campaigns in 1977 and 1984, respectively. In 1992 the voters of New York’s 14th Congressional District elected Maloney to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she has served ever since, though in 2013 her district was renumbered as the 12th. Maloney is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
During her 2012 congressional campaign, Maloney was a vocal exponent of the claim that vaccines cause autism in children; she compared vaccines to cigarettes and argued that it was “common sense” that they are “bad for your health.”
Favoring “comprehensive immigration reform” legislation that would “offer hardworking immigrants an earned pathway to citizenship,” Maloney has co-sponsored many bills designed to help pave such a path. She is also a longtime supporter of the DREAM Act, intended to normalize the status of illegal immigrants who first came to the U.S. as minors and are still younger than 35.
Maloney also backed the Obama Administration’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) program, initiated in June 2012 to guarantee that most DREAM Act-eligible individuals would be granted legal status and work permits for two years. Said the congresswoman in September 2017: “Before DACA, these young people had lived in the shadows of our communities. Since DACA began, these good-hearted Americans have come forward in hopes of being granted fully legal status and the chance to continue making positive contributions to their communities and our country without fear of deportation. DACA participants bring real economic benefits to our states and nation.”
Maloney likewise supported Obama’s November 2014 executive action known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), which protected millions of illegal aliens not covered by the aforementioned DACA edict, from deportation. “This executive action will help keep families together,” Maloney said of DAPA. “It will boost our economy and generate new tax revenue. It will help end the daily fear, distress and heartbreak that is unnecessarily inflicted on millions of undocumented immigrants.”
For information on Maloney’s voting record on a wide range of key issues, click here.
Maloney believes that:
- all women should have an unrestricted right to abortion-on-demand at any stage of pregnancy – subsidized by taxpayers, in cases of economic hardship;
- public and private employers alike should be legally required to implement affirmative-action hiring and promotion policies that give preference to African Americans and women, as compensation for historical injustices;
- the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is an excellent statute that can serve a strategic stepping stone toward the eventual implementation of a government-run, single-payer healthcare system;
- voucher programs designed to enable low-income parents to send their children to private schools rather than to failing public schools, constitute bad policy because they rob the public schools of vital resources;
- more guns in the hands of private citizens inevitably result in higher levels of crime, thus the availability of firearms should be restricted by whatever means are effective;
- wealthy people should be required to pay much higher tax rates than those who earn less;
- restrictions on immigration are basically racist because they tend to prevent Hispanics and other non-whites from entering the United States;
- social services should be available to all U.S. residents regardless of their immigration status;
- illegal aliens should be offered amnesty if they have been productive members of society;
- voter ID laws are, by and large, racially motivated attempts to suppress minority voting and should be eliminated;
- an ever-increasing reliance on “green energy” sources such as wind and solar should be put in place, along with the phasing out of fossil fuels, the imposition of carbon taxes, and the raising of vehicle CAFE standards;
- federal spending on infrastructure projects and job programs is crucial to the success of any economic recovery program; and
- the nationalization of banks and corporations is preferable to federal bailouts of those entities.
Maloney is a member of Americans for Democratic Action, Common Cause, the National Organization for Women, and the Sierra Club of New York City. Her political campaigns have been supported and/or endorsed by the Council for a Livable World, EMILY’s List, the Working Families Party, Gloria Steinem, and economist Joseph Stiglitz (an affiliate of the Socialist International).
For more information on Carolyn Maloney, click here.
Further Reading: “Carolyn Maloney” (Ballotpedia.org, Votesmart.org, Keywiki.org); “House Dem’s Anti-Vax Past Comes Back to Haunt Her” (Daily Caller, 6-13-2018); Carolyn Maloney’s Positions on Key Issues (OnTheIssues.org).