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Maloney Elected Chair of House Committee on Oversight and Reform

Today, the House Democratic Caucus voted to elect Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) as the new chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Chair Maloney is the committee’s first female chair and had previously been functioning as the Acting Chair of the committee following the passing of former Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who passed away in October.

“I am deeply humbled and grateful to my colleagues for entrusting me with the chairmanship. 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,” said Chair Maloney. “There’s much work to be done, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Chair Maloney was first elected to the House in 1992 and represents the 12th district of New York, which includes most of the East Side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island and extends across the East River into the Boroughs of Queens (including Astoria, Long Island City, and parts of Woodside) and Brooklyn (including Greenpoint).

Incoming Chair Maloney has championed a number of issues over her career such as women’s health, consumer protections, and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, which was finally fully funded through 2090 and signed into law on July 29. On the postal front, she’s committed to ensuring “the postal service remains solvent and continues its presence in our communities.”

This change in leadership marks an opportunity for letter carriers to reassert our priorities with the committee including repealing the burdensome pre-funding mandate and passing meaningful postal reform legislation.

Following her election, there are no expected shake-ups to subcommittee leadership, though there are two further pressing orders of business including the election of a new Vice-Chair, following the resignation of former Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), and the naming of two new Democratic members to replace the vacancies left by Cummings and Hill. It is unclear at this time when those issues will be addressed, but NALC will be sure to keep letter carriers informed on any changes in the coming days and weeks.

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