Legislative Activity

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

Legislation Sponsored & Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 1668 – A bill to rename a waterway in the State of New York as the “Joseph Sanford Jr. Channel”.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S. 1616 – Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act
  • S. 1697 – A bill to condition assistance to the West Bank and Gaza on steps by the Palestinian Authority to end violence and terrorism against Israeli citizens and United States Citizens.
  • S. 1737 – A bill to amend certain appropriations Acts to repeal the requirement directing the Administrator of General Services to sell Federal property and assets that support the operations of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Plum Island, New York.
  • S. 1598 – A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1710 – A bill to reduce the Federal budget deficit by closing big oil tax loopholes, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1715 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that all provisions shall apply to legally married same-sex couples in the same manner as other married couples, and for other purposes.
  • S.Res. 244 – A resolution to authorize testimony, document production, and representation in United States of America v. Robert Menendez, et al.
  • S. 497 – Lymphedema Treatment Act
  • S. 654 – PACT Act
  • S. 1331 – Great Lakes Mass Marking Program Act
  • S. 1332 – Great Lakes Aquatic Connectivity and Infrastructure Program Act
  • S. 1398 – Stop the Asian Carp Now Act of 2017

Legislation Sponsored & Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Legislation Sponsored:

  • S. 1707 – A bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide for a standard medical expense deduction under the supplemental nutrition assistance program, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1708 – A bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide that certain students who are family caregivers are eligible to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • S. 1676 – A bill to amend the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to provide grants for access to broadband telecommunications services in rural areas, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1627 – A bill to extend the authorization of the Highlands Conservation Act.

Legislation Cosponsored

  • S. 1616 – Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act
  • S. 1737 – A bill to amend certain appropriations Acts to repeal the requirement directing the Administrator of General Services to sell Federal property and assets that support the operations of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Plum Island, New York.
  • S. 1738 – A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a home infusion therapy services temporary transitional payment under the Medicare program.
  • S. 1715 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that all provisions shall apply to legally married same-sex couples in the same manner as other married couples, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1726 – A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require shareholder authorization before a public company may make certain political expenditures, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1650 – A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to support the access of marginalized youth to sexual health services, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1651 – A bill to provide for temporary financing of short-time compensation programs.
  • S. 1652 – A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and the Portal-to-Portal Act of 1947 to prevent wage theft and assist in the recovery of stolen wages, to authorize the Secretary of Labor to administer grants to prevent wage and hour violations, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1653 – A bill to provide for the overall health and well-being of young people, including the promotion of lifelong sexual health and healthy relationships, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1659 – A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish a national usury rate for consumer credit transactions.
  • S.Res. 234 – A resolution recognizing the Sailors and Marines who sacrificed their lives for ship and shipmates while fighting the devastating 1967 fire onboard USS Forrestal and, during the week of the 50th anniversary of the tragic event, commemorating the efforts of those who survived.
  • S. 1640 – A bill to reform the financing of Senate elections, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1598 – A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1600 – A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make improvements in the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program, and to provide for Social Security benefit protection.
  • S. 1624 – A bill to prohibit the use of chlorpyrifos on food, and for other purposes.
  • S. 693 – Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act

 

Legislation Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

  • H.R. 1861 – Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act
  • H.R. 3525 – To amend title V of the Social Security Act to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3325 – To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option of providing coordinated care for children with complex medical conditions through a health home, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3443 – To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit wellness programs, including those offered by health insurance issuers or in connection with a group health plan, from disclosing personally identifiable information related to individuals’ use or non-use of contraceptives.
  • H.R. 3445 – To enhance the transparency and accelerate the impact of programs under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3484 – To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to award grants to States to implement a tick identification pilot program.
  • H.R. 3258 – Marketplace Certainty Act
  • H.Res. 311 – Recognizing that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia.
  • H.R. 2404 – Improving the Treatment of the U.S. Territories Under Federal Health Programs Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3364 – To provide congressional review and to counter aggression by the Governments of Iran, the Russian Federation, and North Korea, and for other purposes.

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

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 1602 – A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Finger Lakes National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S. 1462 – Marketplace Certainty Act
  • S. 1560 – A bill to ensure the integrity of border and immigration enforcement efforts by requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to administer law enforcement polygraph examinations to all applicants for law enforcement positions and to require post-hire polygraph examinations for law enforcement personnel as part of periodic reinvestigations.
  • S. 1570 – A bill to improve Federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys, and for other purposes.
  • S. 926 – Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act
  • S. 1182 – The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act
  • S. 1585 – A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1589 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Small Business Act to expand the availability of employee stock ownership plans in S corporations, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1588 – A bill to secure Federal voting rights of persons when released from incarceration.
  • S. 1605 – A bill to improve the response to sexual assault and sexual harassment on board aircraft operated in passenger air transportation, and for other purposes.

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

Legislation sponsored:

  • H.Res. 449 – Urging the Government of Kenya and Kenya’s political parties to respect democratic principles and hold credible, peaceful, and transparent elections in August 2017.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • H.R. 3259 – To prohibit the use of Federal funds for the establishment or support of a cybersecurity unit with the Russian Federation, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3273 – To improve Federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3320 – To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization, and for other purposes.
  • H.Res. 128 – Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.
  • H.Res. 445 – Honoring the life and legacy of Liu Xiaobo for his steadfast commitment to the protection of human rights, political freedoms, free markets, democratic elections, government accountability, and peaceful change in the People’s Republic of China.
  • H.R. 1467 – SEAT Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3329 – To amend the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 to impose additional sanctions with respect to Hizballah, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3338 – To require that health plans provide coverage for a minimum hospital stay for mastectomies, lumpectomies, and lymph node dissection for the treatment of breast cancer and coverage for secondary consultations.
  • H.R. 3342 – To impose sanctions on foreign persons that are responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights by reason of the use by Hizballah of civilians as human shields, and for other purposes.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

  • S. 1570 – A bill to improve Federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1585 – A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1615 – A bill to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain individuals who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children and for other purposes.