Battle of the sexes in DC ensues

Free US Now and members Urge Democratic Leadership to Name Congresswoman
Carolyn Maloney Ranking Member of Oversight Committee

December 16, 2010

The battle to lead the Oversight Committee has begun, and Free US Now and members join many other leading Women’s groups who are supporting Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) to be the next Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR). She is the second-ranking Democrat on the committee after Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.), who is giving up his post, and he has given his support to Maloney.

Rep. Maloney has an extraordinary record of legislative accomplishments and effective oversight, and when appointed, Maloney would be the second Democratic woman ever to serve as ranking member of the Oversight committee. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has announced that he will be running against Maloney.

With all due respect to Rep. Cummings, Congresswoman Maloney is next in seniority, a champion of women’s rights, and has a strong track record of accomplishments, including fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment year after year. ” We believe Rep. Maloney will be a strong and effective leader of this important committee.”

Rep. Maloney has proven to be a prolific and effective legislator in a wide range of areas, often taking on powerful interests such as Big Oil and Wall Street. She authored and passed more than 50 bills, including landmark legislation such as HR 627, the Credit CARD Act. Her bill prevents credit card companies from using many of the most egregious tricks and traps that entangled consumers in an unending cycle of debt.

Congresswoman Maloney has been one of the strongest and most effective advocates for women’s rights in Congress, with a significant record of passing measures that make a difference in women’s lives. These include her Breast Cancer Early Detection Act of 1997, which provides annual mammograms for women on Medicare; and the Debbie Smith Act, which provides funding to increase the number of rape kits processed so prosecutors have access to DNA evidence – the best evidence to convict or acquit a rapist; and the Hate Crime Statistics Improvement Act, which added gender-based hate crimes to the list of hate crimes that the FBI is required to track; and the End Demand for Sex Trafficking Act.

Free Us Now a non-partisan group representing thousands of members, independent member run groups and blog partners across the nation join the NOW coalition letter of support for Congresswoman Maloney, strongly urging the current leadership to honor seniority and appoint Maloney as the next Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Free US Now encourages everyone to pick up your phone right now, it’s not too late.  Call your U.S. Congress member today and urge them to vote for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Don’t know who your representative is? Look up your Congressperson here:

We also encourage you to copy this and do your own press release- petition and all out campaign! Ready – set- Go!


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