NY Rep. Maloney Wins Election To Chair House Oversight Panel

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November 20, 2019 - 7:39 pm
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — House Democrats voted Wednesday to elect New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney as the new permanent chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

Maloney is the first woman to ever hold the title and succeeds Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died in late October.

"I am deeply humbled and grateful to my colleagues for entrusting me with the chairmanship," Maloney said in a statement. "I'm honored by this opportunity to do more for the American people and will do my best to follow the honorable example that Chairman Cummings left for us all. There's much work to be done, and I can't wait to get started."

The New York Democrat has served in Congress since 1993 and most recently faced her own health scare when she was transported to the hospital following a public appearance in Chinatown.

Her staff said that after a brief stay in the hospital, she is feeling much better.

Maloney was elected to the position after serving as the acting chair of the influential committee since Cummings’ death.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi welcome the pick and called the New York Democrat a "deeply respected and battle-tested leader."

“Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has been a force for progress in America for decades. At the helm of the Joint Economic Committee, she has honed a keen understanding of the priorities and needs of the American people, and has worked tirelessly to deliver progress that lifts up families in every corner of America,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Maloney is in her 14th term representing a district that includes much of Manhattan, including Trump Tower. She is best known for her years of advocacy for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and famously wore a New York firefighter’s jacket at the Capitol and even at the Met Gala until she could secure permanent authorization for a victims’ fund. A measure making the 9/11 fund permanent was a rare example of a bipartisan bill signed into law earlier this year.

Maloney has promised to continue the robust oversight agenda begun by Cummings after Democrats assumed the majority this year. In a letter to colleagues, she touted her work helping to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 census, promote the Equal Rights Amendment and to introduce bills to guarantee paid family leave for federal employees.

Connolly, 69, congratulated Maloney on her election, noting in a statement that Oversight “has a consequential responsibility in the next year to bring transparency and accountability to the Trump administration for the American people.’’ He said Maloney has his full support.

Maloney also serves on the House Financial Services Committee, reflecting the importance of the financial industry in her district. She agreed to give up her role leading a subcommittee on investor protection and capital markets if elected to head Oversight.