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Recent House and Senate Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Nielsen Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to be secretary of Homeland Security.

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


Balash Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (61-38, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Joseph Balash to be assistant secretary of the Interior.

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


Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Vote Agreed to (81-14, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed the joint resolution that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through Dec. 22, 2017, at an annualized rate of $1.23 trillion for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2018 spending bills. The bill also would allow state Children’s Health and Insurance Programs to receive extra redistribution funds beyond what is currently allowed, supporting the program’s operations through the end of December.

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


Recent House Votes
Tax Overhaul – Motion to Request Conference – Vote Passed (222-192, 19 Not Voting)

Brady, R-Texas, motion that the House disagree with the Senate amendment and request a conference with the Senate on the bill that would revise the federal income tax system by lowering individual and corporate tax rates, repealing various deductions through 2025.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Concealed Carry Reciprocity Between States – Vote Passed (231-198, 4 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would permit any individual authorized by their home state to carry a concealed handgun to also carry that concealed weapon in any other state that permits the carrying of concealed weapons. The bill also would require a twice-annual certification by all federal agencies, federal courts and state governments, in coordination with the Department of Justice, to verify that all relevant data has been reported and uploaded to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System regarding individuals who are not eligible to purchase firearms.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Small Business Mergers Regulatory Exemption – Vote Passed (426-0, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would exempt brokers handling mergers and acquisitions from Securities and Exchange Commission registration requirements in cases in which the company being sold does not have any class of securities required to be registered with the SEC and in the prior fiscal year, the company’s earnings, before interest or taxes, are less than $25 million or gross revenue is less than $250 million.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES


Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (235-193, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed the joint resolution that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through Dec. 22, 2017, at an annualized rate of $1.23 trillion for federal departments and agencies covered by the 12 unfinished fiscal 2018 spending bills. The bill also would allow state Children’s Health and Insurance Programs to receive extra redistribution funds beyond what is currently allowed, supporting the program’s operations through the end of December.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Recent House and Senate Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Tax Overhaul – Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (52-48)

McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would revise the federal income tax system by: lowering individual and corporate tax rates; consolidating the current seven tax income rates into four rates; eliminating the deduction for state and local income taxes; limiting certain deductions for property taxes and home mortgages; and creating a new system of taxing U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries.

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


Tax Overhaul – Education Savings Accounts – Vote Agreed to (51-50)

Cornyn, R-Texas, for Cruz, R-Texas, amendment to the McConnell, R-Ky., for Hatch, R-Utah, substitute amendment, that would allow tuition expenses or the cost of school supplies for secondary public, private or religious school to be treated the same as higher education expenses for certain tax purposes. Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie and voted in the affirmative.

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


Tax Overhaul – Passage – Vote Passed (51-49)

Passage of the bill, as amended, that would revise the federal income tax system by lowering individual and corporate tax rates, repealing various deductions through 2025, specifically by eliminating the deduction for state and local income taxes through 2025, increasing the deduction for pass-through entities and raising the child tax credit through 2025. It would also open parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

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


Recent House Votes
National Forest Mining – Vote Passed (216-204, 13 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would prohibit the designation of national monuments and the withdrawal of lands in the National Forest System in the state of Minnesota from mineral and geothermal leases without the approval of Congress. It would designate any mineral leases issued within the boundaries of the National Forest System lands in Minnesota as indeterminate preference right leases.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Federal Workforce Probationary Period Extension – Vote Passed (213-204, 16 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would increase to two years the probationary period for newly hired federal employees, for any individuals promoted to a supervisory or managerial role, and for any individual appointed to the Senior Executive Service. It would also establish a system in which supervisors would be notified near the end of an employee’s probationary period.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


EPA Brownfields Program Reauthorization – Vote Passed (409-8, 16 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would authorize $250 million annually, through fiscal 2022, for assistance with environmental assessment, cleanup and job training activities at the EPA’s brownfields program sites, and would increase, to $500,000 per site, the amount available for remediation grants for brownfield sites.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES


Manufactured Housing Lending Regulation – Vote Passed (256-163, 14 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would change the definitions of “mortgage originator” and “loan originator” to exempt companies that manufacture homes and sell manufactured homes from various mortgage-related regulatory requirements. It would increase the maximum allowable rates and fees that may be applied to a manufactured home loan before the loan is classified as a high-cost mortgage.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

Legislation sponsored:

  • H.Res. 651 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Burundi is at risk of mass atrocities, and that the Government of Burundi should comply with constitutional limits on presidential terms and re-engage in regionally-brokered peace talks.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • H.R. 4600 – To waive and repay certain debts relating to assistance provided to individuals and households.
  • H.Con.Res. 72 – Expressing the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority of custody and visitation adjudications, and that State courts should improve adjudications of custody where family violence is alleged.
  • H.R. 3495 – Opioid and Heroin Abuse Crisis Investment Act of 2017
  • H.R. 4256 – BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act
  • H.R. 4541 – To extend funding for certain public health programs, and for other purposes.
  • H.Res. 644 – Strongly condemning the slave auctions of migrants and refugees in Libya, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 4463 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6 Doyers Street in New York, New York, as the “Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office”.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 2203 – A bill to amend title 9 of the United States Code with respect to arbitration.
  • S. 2161 – A bill to prevent gun trafficking.

Legislation cosponsored

  • S. 2216 – A bill to waive and repay certain debts relating to assistance provided to individuals and households.
  • S. 2152 – Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2017
  • S. 2177 – A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to establish a minimum salary threshold for bona fide executive, administrative, and professional employees exempt from Federal overtime compensation requirements, and automatically update such threshold every 3 years.
  • S. 2180 – A bill to establish additional protections and disclosures for students and co-signers with respect to student loans, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2172 – A bill to authorize the collection of supplemental payments to increase congressional investments in medical research, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2165 – A bill to provide additional disaster recovery assistance for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, and for other purposes.

Recent Senate and House Votes 11/20/17

Recent Senate Votes
Kan Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (90-7, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Derek Kan to be undersecretary of Transportation for policy.

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


Bradbury Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (50-47, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Steven Bradbury to be general counsel of the Department of Transportation.

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


Esper Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (89-6, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Mark T. Esper to be secretary of the Army.

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


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

The Senate confirmed the nomination of David G. Zatezalo to be assistant secretary of Labor for mine safety and health.

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


Otting Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (54-43, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Joseph Otting to be Comptroller of the Currency.

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


Recent House Votes
Flood Insurance Reauthorization – Vote Passed (237-189, 7 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill, as amended, would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program through fiscal 2022 and would make modifications to the program, including: raise annual surcharges and reserve fund assessments on federal flood insurance policyholders, raise rates on properties that incur multiple losses, establish an annual deductible for severe and extreme repetitive loss properties and end the requirement that flood insurance be purchased for commercial and multifamily properties located in flood risk zones.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization-Conference Report – Vote Passed (356-70, 7 Not Voting)

Adoption of the conference report on the bill would authorize $692.1 billion for defense programs in fiscal 2018, including $65.7 billion for overseas operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, and for the general war on terror. It would authorize $241.2 billion for operations and maintenance; $146.2 billion for military personnel; 10.7 billion for military construction and family housing; $15 billion for ballistic-missile defense; and $33.9 billion for defense health care programs, including $396 million from the overseas operations account. It also would prohibit the use of funds for a new round of base closures. It would authorize $8 billion for various cybersecurity programs. The bill would authorize a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel. It also would prohibit detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from being transferred to U.S. soil, and would prohibit the closing of the main base and detention facility at Guantanamo.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES


Tax Overhaul – Vote Passed (227-205, 2 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would revise the federal income tax system by: lowering individual and corporate tax rates; consolidating the current seven tax income rates into four rates; eliminating the deduction for state and local income taxes; limiting certain deductions for property taxes and home mortgages; and creating a new system of taxing U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries. Specifically, it would eliminate personal exemptions and would nearly double the standard deduction. It would raise the child tax credit through 2022, repeal the alternative minimum tax, repeal the estate tax in 2025 and reduce the gift tax rate in 2025. It would establish a new top tax rate for pass-through business income and would modify tax credits related to energy production.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Recent Senate and House Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Gibson Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (91-7, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Gibson to be deputy chief management officer of the Defense Department.

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


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

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Steven Engel to be an assistant Attorney General.

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


Wehrum Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (49-47, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of William Wehrum to be an assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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


Recent House Votes
Joint Employer Definition – Vote Passed (242-181, 9 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would define a joint employer as an entity with actual, direct and immediate control over employees, with significant control over essential terms of employment such as hiring, determining pay and benefits, day-to-day supervision of employees, and assigning individual work schedules.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Hydropower Regulation – Vote Passed (257-166, 9 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would specify a variety of timeframes and procedures for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to follow in carrying out required permitting and licensing activities for non-federal hydropower projects and would make FERC the lead agency for coordinating all applicable federal authorizations. It would extend, from three years to four, the duration of a preliminary permit for proposed non-federal hydropower projects and would allow project sponsors to initiate construction up to 10 years after a proposed project receives a license from FERC.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Securities Regulations Exemptions – Vote Passed (232-188, 12 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would require an issuer of securities to meet a specific set of criteria in order for the issuer’s transactions to constitute a sale of “nonpublic” securities that are exempt from registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission and from state regulation. It would require each purchaser to have a substantive pre-existing relationship with an officer or certain shareholders of the issuer, permit no more than 35 purchasers under the exemption over the preceding 12 months, and would cap, at $500,000, the total aggregate amount of securities sold in the 12-month period preceding the transaction.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

  • S.Res. 334 – A resolution authorizing the taking of a photograph in the Senate Chamber.
  • S. 2109 – A bill to count revenues from military and veteran education programs toward the limit on Federal revenues that certain proprietary institutions of higher education are allowed to receive for purposes of section 487 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
  • S.Res. 330 – A resolution mandating anti-harassment training for Senators and officers, employees, and interns of, and detailees to the Senate.

Legislation Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

  • H.R. 1474 – Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act
  • H.Res. 620 – Strongly condemning the terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 14, 2017, and expressing condolences and sympathies to the victims of the attack and their families.
  • H.R. 1164 – Taylor Force Act
  • H.R. 4392 – To provide that the provision of the Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs final regulation relating to changes in the payment amount for certain drugs and biologicals purchased under the 340B drug discount program shall have no force or effect, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 4405 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4558 Broadway in New York, New York, as the “Stanley Michaels Post Office Building”.
  • H.R. 4406 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 Macombs Place in New York, New York, as the “Tuskegee Airman Post Office Building”.
  • H.Con.Res. 90 – Condemning ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calling for an end to the attacks in and an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine in Burma.
  • H.R. 3596 – Rightsizing Pension Premiums Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3784 – Common Sense Opportunities Act
  • H.R. 4186 – Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act
  • H.R. 4320 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a presumption of service connection for certain veterans with tinnitus or hearing loss, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 4321 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a presumption of service-connection of disabilities relating to blast exposures with respect to disability compensation payments by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 2141 – A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to reform procedures for determinations on disposition of charges and the convening of courts-martial for certain offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2159 – A bill to require covered harassment and covered discrimination awareness and prevention training for Members, officers, employees, interns, fellows, and detailees of Congress within 30 days of employment and annually thereafter, to require a biennial climate survey of Congress, to amend the enforcement process under the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights for covered harassment and covered discrimination complaints, and for other purposes.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S. 2139 – A bill to amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to address critical conservation conditions under the regional conservation partnership program, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2143 – A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act to strengthen protections for employees wishing to advocate for improved wages, hours, or other terms or conditions of employment, to expand coverage under such Act, to provide a process for achieving initial collective bargaining agreements, and to provide for stronger remedies for interference with these rights, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2144 – A bill to provide a process for granting lawful permanent resident status to aliens from certain countries who meet specified eligibility requirements.
  • S. 2148 – A bill to authorize dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.
  • S.Res. 342 – A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that States, cities, Tribal nations, businesses, and institutions of higher education in the United States should work towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • S. 2129 – A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to establish a punitive article in the Uniform Code of Military Justice on domestic violence, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2122 – A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 regarding reasonable break time for nursing mothers.
  • S. 1539 – Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2017
  • S. 2109 – A bill to count revenues from military and veteran education programs toward the limit on Federal revenues that certain proprietary institutions of higher education are allowed to receive for purposes of section 487 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2115 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to disallow any deduction for punitive damages, and for other purposes.
  • S.Res. 326 – A resolution recognizing the crew of the San Antonio Rose, B-17F, who sacrificed their lives during World War II, and honoring their memory during the week of the 75th anniversary of that tragic event.