Recent Senate and House Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Rapuano Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (95-1, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano to be assistant secretary of Defense

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YES


Saudi Arms Sale Disapproval – Motion to Discharge – Vote Rejected (47-53)

Paul, R-Ky., motion to discharge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from further consideration of a joint resolution that would prohibit the proposed sale of laser-guided weapons systems, fighter aircraft, warhead fuze systems, and other weaponry and defense services to Saudi Arabia.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YES


Iranian and Russian Sanctions – Vote Passed (98-2)

Passage of the bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activities contributing to an Iranian ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction program, who is involved in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who is responsible for human rights violations, or who contributes to the arming of Iran.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YES


Recent House Votes
Health Insurance Tax Credit Verification – Vote Passed (238-184, 8 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would prohibit the advance payment of health insurance premium tax credits to individuals that apply for the credits unless the Treasury Department receives confirmation from the Health and Human Services Department that such an individual’s status as a citizens or lawfully present alien has been verified. If the American Health Care Act (HR 1628) is enacted, the bill (HR 2581) would make verification of an individual’s status mandatory in order to receive advance payment of the new health insurance premium tax credit created by the American Health Care Act.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Veterans Affairs Department Accountability – Vote Passed (368-55, 7 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would expand the VA’s ability to fire, demote and suspend employees for misconduct or poor performance. The bill would authorize the VA to recoup any bonus or relocation expense paid to a VA employee if it deems it appropriate. It would require that the employee be given advance notice and would allow the employee the right to appeal the disciplinary action through procedures set by collective bargaining.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Health Care Tax Credit Expansion – Vote Passed (267-144, 19 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would modify the definition of a “qualified health plan” to allow, beginning in 2020, for new tax credits proposed by the American Health Care Act (HR 1628) to be used by individuals or families to pay for continued group health coverage under the 1985 Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), provided that the AHCA is enacted into law.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

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Recent Senate and House Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Elwood Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (67-33)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Courtney Elwood to be general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO


Iran Sanctions – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (91-8, 1 Not Voting)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would impose certain sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activity contributing to an Iran ballistic missile or mass destruction program, that is related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is responsible for human rights abuses, or that contributes to the arming of Iran. The bill would also require the departments of Defense and Treasury and the National Intelligence Agency to develop a strategy for deterring Iran from activities or threats against the United States and its allies every two years.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO


Recent House Votes
Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver – Vote Passed (282-137, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would authorize the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to waive the requirement that applicants for law enforcement positions at CBP undergo polygraph examinations for specific groups of applicants. Certain veterans and law enforcement officers who have already passed a polygraph examination or stringent background investigation could be exempt from the polygraph requirement.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted Not Voting


Financial Regulation Restructuring – Vote Passed (233-186, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would overhaul financial industry regulations and repeal many provisions of the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law. It would convert the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into an executive agency funded by annual appropriations and would modify operations at the Federal Reserve and at the Securities and Exchange Commission. It would repeal the prohibition on banking entities engaging in proprietary trading and would modify regulations governing the amount of capital that banks are required to maintain.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted Not Voting

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Recent Senate and House Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Branstad Nomination – Vote Confirmed (82-13, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Terry Branstad to be U.S. ambassador to China.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO
 


Sullivan Nomination – Vote Confirmed (94-6)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Sullivan to be deputy secretary of State.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

 


Thapar Nomination – Vote Confirmed (52-44, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to be a judge for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

 


Recent House Votes
Pesticides Regulations – Vote Passed (256-165, 9 Not Voting)

The bill would generally prohibit EPA and states from requiring that entities applying pesticides near navigable waters must first obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act, if the application is authorized under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO
 


Prosecution of Child Pornography – Vote Passed (368-51, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would make the production of child pornography a crime whenever a minor is engaged in sexually explicit conduct, regardless of whether the conduct was initiated for the purposes of producing such content.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES

 


Child Abuse Reporting – Vote Passed (415-3, 12 Not Voting)

The bill would require adults authorized to interact with minors or amateur athletes to report any suspected incidents of child abuse, including sexual abuse, to the sport’s governing body, and it would allow victims of abuse to seek damages in court.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES

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Recent House Votes

Death Sentence Aggravating Factor Expansion – Vote Passed (271-143, 16 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would require courts and juries to consider if a defendant killed or attempted to kill a state law enforcement officer, local law enforcement officer or first responder as an aggravating factor when determining whether to impose the death sentence on a defendant.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Probation Officer Arrest Authority – Vote Passed (229-177, 24 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would permit federal probation officers to arrest a third party individual without first obtaining a warrant when conducting activities related to an individual on probation or supervised release.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

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Recent Senate Votes

Wilson Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (76-22, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Heather Wilson to be secretary of the Air Force.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO


Gottlieb Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (57-42, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO


Methane Release Limitation Disapproval – Vote Failed (49-51)

McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify a Bureau of Land Management rule that requires oil and gas operators on public lands to take measures that decrease waste of natural gas.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO


Lighthizer Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (82-14, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be the U.S. Trade Representative.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO


Rosen Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be deputy secretary of Transportation.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO


Brand Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Rachel Brand to be associate attorney general at the Justice Department.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

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Recent House Votes

Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations – Vote Passed (309-118, 4 Not Voting)

Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to concur in the Senate amendments to the bill with an amendment that would provide $1.16 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2017 for federal departments and agencies covered by the remaining 11 fiscal 2017 spending bills.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES


Health Care Overhaul – Vote Passed (217-213, 1 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would make extensive changes to the 2010 health care overhaul law, by effectively repealing the individual and employer mandates as well as most of the taxes that finance the current system.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

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Recent Senate Votes

State Retirement Plan Disapproval – Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

Passage of the joint resolution that would nullify and disapprove of a Labor Department rule that exempts certain state-administered retirement savings plans from select federal regulations governing pension plans if the state programs meet certain standards.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO


Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations – Vote Agreed to (79-18, 3 Not Voting)

McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendments to the bill that would provide $1.16 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2017 for federal departments and agencies covered by the remaining 11 fiscal 2017 spending bills.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YES

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Recent House Votes

Register of Copyrights – Vote Passed (378-48, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require the U.S. Copyright Office’s Register of Copyrights be recommended by a select panel, nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. It would limit a Register of Copyrights’ term to 10 years.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Oversight – Vote Passed (425-0, 5 Not Voting)

The bill that would require that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac comply with the agency requirements of the Freedom of Information Act while they are under the conservatorship of the federal government.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES


Short-Term Fiscal 2017 Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (382-30, 18 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would extend continuing appropriations for federal government operations through May 5, 2017. It also would provide for an extension, through May 5, of health care benefits for retired coal miners.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES

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Recent Senate Votes

Perdue Nomination – Vote Confirmed (87-11, 1 Present, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Sonny Perdue to be secretary of Agriculture.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO


Acosta Nomination – Vote Confirmed (60-38, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta to be secretary of Labor.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted NO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted NO

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Recent House Votes

Employee Stock Sales – Vote Passed (331-87, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to increase from $5 million to $10 million the annual amount of securities that privately-held companies can sell for employee compensation without needing to disclose certain information to investors.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES


Self-Insured Health Plans – Vote Passed (400-16, 13 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would establish that “stop-loss” insurance, coverage that protects businesses from certain large financial risks associated with providing insurance, would not be considered health care insurance under federal law.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES

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