Congressional Voting

Recent House Votes

Recent House Votes
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Arbitration Rule Disapproval – Vote Passed (231-190, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed the joint resolution that would provide for congressional disapproval of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s final arbitration rule which prohibits financial services companies that offer financial products to consumers from using arbitration clauses to stop consumers from being part of a class action lawsuit.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Four Bill Fiscal 2018 Appropriations Minibus – Vote Passed (235-192, 6 Not Voting)

The minibus would include the following appropriations bills: (Defense, Energy-Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction-VA). Defense appropriations (HR 3219) would provide $658.1 billion for the Defense Department and $73.9 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism funding. Energy-Water appropriations (HR 3266) would provide $37.6 billion for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers and various programs under the Energy. Legislative branch appropriations (HR 3162) would provide $3.6 billion (excluding Senate only items) for the House and joint operations. Military Construction-VA appropriations (HR 2998) would provide $88.8 billion in discretionary funding with $638 million for the Overseas Contingency Operations fund. It would provide a total of $182.3 billion (in mandatory and discretionary funding) for the Veterans Affairs Department. The bill would provide $1.6 billion in funding to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for procurement, construction and improvement of a barrier along the southern U.S. border.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Fiscal 2018 Intelligence Authorization – Vote Passed (380-35, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would authorize classified amounts of funding through fiscal 2018 for 16 U.S. intelligence agencies and intelligence-related activities, including the Office of the National Intelligence Director, the CIA and the National Security Agency. The bill would require the director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress multiple reports regarding Russia’s campaigns directed at foreign elections and its efforts related to cyber influence, including an analytical assessment of the most significant Russian influence campaigns, if any, conducted during the three years prior to the bill’s enactment.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES


Veterans Choice Fund Authorization – Vote Passed (414-0, 19 Not Voting)

The House passed the amended bill that would make available an additional $2.1 billion in funding for the Veterans Choice Fund, without fiscal year limitation. The bill would extend until Sept. 30, 2027, the current cap on per-month payment of VA pensions to certain veterans residing at VA nursing care facilities.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES

Recent Senate Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Bernhardt Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (53-43, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of David Bernhardt to be deputy secretary of the Interior.

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


Health Care Marketplace Overhaul – Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (51-50)

McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill 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 and by making extensive changes to Medicaid. Vice President Mike Pence voted yes as the tie breaking vote.

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


Sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea – Vote Agreed to (98-2)

The Senate passed the bill that would codify certain existing sanctions on Russia, including various sanctions tied to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, and malicious cyber activities relating to the 2016 U.S. elections. The bill would establish multiple new sanctions on Russia, including sanctions on entities conducting malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government and entities which conduct business with the Russian intelligence and defense sectors.

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


Health Care Marketplace Overhaul – “Skinny” Repeal Amendment – Vote Rejected (49-51)

McConnell, R-Ky., second-degree amendment to the McConnell substitute amendment to the bill in which the second-degree amendment would repeal the individual mandate, repeal the employer mandate through 2024, delay the implementation of the medical device tax through 2020, and block, for one year, federal funding from going to certain medical providers that provide abortions. The amendment would ease the waiver process for states to opt out of the requirement that their health insurance providers include certain benefits on their health care plans. Additionally, the amendment would increase the maximum allowable contribution to health savings accounts and would defund the Prevention and Public Health Fund starting in 2019.

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

Recent House and Senate Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Shanahan Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (92-7, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan to be deputy secretary of Defense.

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


Bush Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (51-47, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Kenneth Bush 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
Ozone Standards Implementation – Vote Passed (229-199, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would extend for eight years the deadline for the EPA to implement new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone. The bill would require the EPA to review the national ambient air quality standards for each pollutant every ten years, instead of every five, and would require the agency to evaluate possible adverse effects of standard changes.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure – Vote Passed (254-175, 4 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would establish a new system for the approval and permitting of border-crossing oil and gas pipelines and electrical transmission lines. The bill would require sponsors of border-crossing oil pipelines and electricity transmission facilities that cross the U.S. borders into Canada and Mexico to receive a “certificate of crossing” from the relevant federal agency in order to build or modify their projects.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Agency Coordinating Authority – Vote Passed (248-179, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would establish the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as the sole lead agency for the permitting of proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


King Cove Land Exchange – Vote Passed (248-179, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would require the Interior Department to convey to the state of Alaska, if requested, 206 acres of federal land within the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and Izembek Wilderness for the purpose of constructing a single-lane gravel road between the towns of King Cove and Cold Bay, Alaska.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Recent House and Senate Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Rao Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (54-41, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Neomi Rao to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget.

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


Hagerty Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (86-12, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of William Hagerty IV to be U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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


Recent House Votes
California Drought Prevention – Vote Passed (230-190, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would require the Interior Department to take certain actions to increase the availability of water for agricultural and other purposes in California’s Central Valley, including a requirement that the maximum amount of water practicable would have to be provided to all individuals or districts that receive water through the Central Valley Project.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization – Vote Passed (344-81, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would authorize $688.3 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2018. The total would include $74.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations funds, of which $10 billion would be used for non-war, base defense budget needs; $239.7 billion for operations and maintenance; $10.2 billion for military construction; $142.9 billion for military personnel; and $33.9 billion for defense health care programs. It would authorize $12.5 billion for procurement of F-35 planes, research and development, as well as modifications to existing aircraft, and would prohibit the retirement of the A-10 bomber fleet.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES

Recent Senate and House Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Svinicki Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (88-9, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kristine L. Svinicki to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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


Recent House Votes
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitation – Vote Passed (218-210, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would limit to $250,000 the non-economic damages that can be awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit in which the plaintiff’s health care was paid for in whole or in part via a federal program, subsidy or tax benefit, and would establish a statute of limitations for initiating such lawsuits of either three years following the plaintiff’s injury, or one year after the plaintiff discovers such injury, whichever occurs first.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Immigration Law Enforcement Compliance – Vote Passed (228-195, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed a measure that would prohibit federal, state and local governments from restricting any federal, state, or local government entity or official from complying with immigration laws or from assisting federal law enforcement entities or officials in their enforcement of such laws.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Criminal Undocumented Immigrants Sentencing Guidelines – Vote Passed (257-167, 9 Not Voting)

The House passed legislation that would establish specific possible fines and prison sentences for undocumented immigrants convicted of certain criminal offenses and who illegally return to the United States despite having been previously deported or otherwise excluded from the country.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Recent Senate and House Votes

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

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Brock Long to be administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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


Mandelker Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (96-4)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Sigal Mandelker to be undersecretary of the Treasury for terrorism and financial crimes.

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


Billingslea Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (65-35)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Marshall Billingslea to be assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing.

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


Recent House Votes
Federal Lands Vegetation Management Protocol – Vote Passed (300-118, 13 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would allow utilities to submit long-term plans to the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for advance approval of vegetation management and other maintenance activities on electricity right-of-ways on federal lands.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Surface Water Storage Permitting – Vote Passed (233-180, 18 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would establish the Bureau of Reclamation in the Interior Department as the lead agency for the coordination of all reviews, analyses, opinions, statements, permits, licenses or other approvals or decisions required by federal law in order to construct new or expanded surface water storage projects on federal lands.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


State Coordinated Temporary Employment Subsidies – Vote Passed (377-34, 20 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would authorize state demonstration projects within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to temporarily subsidize employment for program beneficiaries with willing employers and would require $100 million in existing TANF funding must be used for grants to states to implement such programs.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

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

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

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

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