Legislative Activity

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

Legislation sponsored:

  • S.Res. 393 – A resolution making minority appointments for the 115th Congress.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S.Res. 379 – A resolution to authorize the production of records by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  • S. 2328 – A bill making continuing appropriations for military pay and death benefits in the event of a Government shutdown.

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

Legislation sponsored:

  • H.R. 4901 – To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to treat flamethrowers the same as machineguns.
  • H.R. 4891 – To amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to provide for the expansion of emergency planning zones and the development of plans for dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 4834 – To enable State and local promotion of alternative fuel and high-efficiency motor vehicle fleets.
  • H.R. 4788 – To direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a pilot program to award grants and loan guarantees to hospitals to carry out projects for the purpose of reducing energy costs and increasing resilience to improve security.

Legislation cosponsored

  • H.R. 4975 – To amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to provide for consultation with State, tribal, and local governments, the consideration of State, tribal, and local concerns, and the approval of post-shutdown decommissioning activities reports by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • H.Res. 731 – Supporting the goals and ideals of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
  • H.R. 444 – Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2017
  • H.Con.Res. 103 – Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.
  • H.R. 3654 – Special Counsel Independence Protection Act
  • H.R. 4820 – ASK Act
  • H.R. 4396 – ME TOO Congress Act
  • H.R. 4819 – To promote inclusive economic growth through conservation and biodiversity programs that facilitate transboundary cooperation, improve natural resource management, and build local capacity to protect and preserve threatened wildlife species in the greater Okavango River Basin of southern Africa.
  • H.Res. 700 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding President Donald J. Trump’s remarks about Haiti, El Salvador, and African Nations.
  • H.R. 4722 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 111 Market Street in Saugerties, New York, as the “Maurice D. Hinchey Post Office Building”.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

  • S. 2029 – ACTION for National Service Act
  • S. 2388 – A bill to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to provide for consultation with State, tribal, and local governments, the consideration of State, tribal, and local concerns, and the approval of post-shutdown decommissioning activities reports by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • S. 2396 – A bill to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to prohibit certain waivers and exemptions from emergency preparedness and response and security regulations.
  • S.Res. 396 – A resolution to establish a special committee of the Senate to address sexual abuse within United States Olympic Gymnastics.
  • S. 2173 – COURTS Act
  • S. 2379 – A bill to improve and expand authorities, programs, services, and benefits for military spouses and military families, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2381 – A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to require that broadband conduits be installed as a part of certain highway construction projects, and for other purposes.
  • S. 982 – Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid Act
  • S. 2354 – A bill to provide for the administration of certain national monuments, to establish a National Monument Enhancement Fund, and to establish certain wilderness areas in the States of New Mexico and Nevada.
  • S. 2328 – A bill making continuing appropriations for military pay and death benefits in the event of a Government shutdown.

Legislation Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

  • H.R. 4253 – American Promise Act of 2017
  • H.R. 4778 – To strengthen parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits.
  • H.Res. 684 – Objecting to the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/ES-10/19, which criticizes the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.
  • H.R. 4765 – To amend the Arms Export Control Act to prohibit the removal of certain items under category I, II, or III of the United States Munitions List for purposes of transferring the item to or controlling the item under any portion of the Commerce Control List of dual-use items in the Export Administration Regulations.
  • H.R. 4744 – To impose additional sanctions with respect to serious human rights abuses of the Government of Iran, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 535 – Taiwan Travel Act
  • H.R. 4518 – Bears Ears National Monument Expansion Act
  • H.Res. 676 – Supporting the rights of the people of Iran to free expression, condemning the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests, and for other purposes.

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 2300 – A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 111 Market Street in Saugerties, New York, as the “Maurice D. Hinchey Post Office Building”.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S. 878 – A bill to establish privacy protections for customers of broadband Internet access service and other telecommunications services.
  • S.Res. 368 – A resolution supporting the right of all Iranian citizens to have their voices heard.
  • S. 552 – Justice for Victims of Fraud Act of 2017
  • S. 2272 – A bill to amend the Revised Statutes to grant State attorneys general the ability to issue subpoenas to investigate suspected violations of State laws that are applicable to national banks.
  • S. 1674 – School Building Improvement Act of 2017

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

Legislation sponsored:

  • S.Res. 370 – A resolution to constitute the minority party’s membership on certain committees for the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, or until their successors are chosen.

Legislation Cosponsored

  • S. 2300 – A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 111 Market Street in Saugerties, New York, as the “Maurice D. Hinchey Post Office Building”.
  • S.Res. 368 – A resolution supporting the right of all Iranian citizens to have their voices heard.

Recent House and Senate Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Tax Overhaul – Motion to Recede and Concur – Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

McConnell, R-Ky., motion that the Senate recede from its amendment and concur in the bill with a further amendment. The bill would revise the federal income tax system by lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent; lowering individual tax rates through 2025; limiting state and local deductions to $10,000 through 2025; decreasing the limit on deductible mortgage debt through 2025; and creating a new system of taxing U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries. Specifically, it would repeal personal exemptions and would roughly double the standard deduction through 2025. It would raise the child tax credit to $2,000 through 2025, would repeal the alternative minimum tax for corporations and provide for broader exemptions to the tax for individuals through 2025. It would double individual exemptions to the estate tax and gift tax through 2025, and would establish a new top tax rate for “pass-through” business income through 2025.

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


Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Motion to Concur – Vote Agreed to (66-32, 2 Not Voting)

McConnell, R-Ky., motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through Jan. 19, 2018. The bill, as amended, would authorize $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program, $2.9 billion in mandatory funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and $550 million in funding to Community Health Centers through Mar. 31. The bill would exempt funding provided to the Children’s Health Insurance Fund and other health programs, as well as the tax overhaul package, from statutory pay-as-you-go requirements. It would provide $4.7 billion in emergency supplemental funds for missile defense and Navy ship repairs. It would also extend authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act through Jan. 19, including FISA Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to obtain data from electronic service providers or non-U.S. persons who reside outside the U.S.

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


Recent House Votes
Tax Overhaul – Motion to Concur – Vote Passed (224-201, 7 Not Voting)

Brady, R-Texas, motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the tax overhaul that would revise the federal income tax system by: lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent; lowering individual tax rates through 2025; limiting state and local deductions to $10,000 through 2025; decreasing the limit on deductible mortgage debt through 2025; and creating a new system of taxing U.S. corporations with foreign subsidiaries. Specifically, it would repeal personal exemptions and would roughly double the standard deduction through 2025. It would raise the child tax credit to $2,000 through 2025, would repeal the alternative minimum tax for corporations and provide for broader exemptions to the tax for individuals through 2025. It would double individual exemptions to the estate tax and gift tax through 2025, and would establish a new top tax rate for “pass-through” business income through 2025. It would effectively eliminate the penalty for not purchasing health insurance under the 2010 health care overhaul law in 2019. It would also open portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Vote Passed (231-188, 13 Not Voting)

Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to concur in the Senate amendment to the bill with a further House amendment that would provide funding for federal government operations and services at current levels through Jan. 19, 2018. The bill, as amended, would authorize $2.1 billion for the Veterans Choice Program, $2.9 billion in mandatory funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and $550 million in funding to Community Health Centers through Mar. 31. The bill would exempt funding provided to the Children’s Health Insurance Fund and other health programs, as well as the tax overhaul package, from statutory pay-as-you-go requirements. It would provide $4.7 billion in emergency supplemental funds for missile defense and Navy ship repairs. It would also extend authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act through Jan. 19, including FISA Section 702, which allows U.S. intelligence agencies to obtain data from electronic service providers or non-U.S. persons who reside outside the U.S.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Supplemental Disaster Appropriations – Vote Passed (251-169, 12 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would make further supplemental appropriations for fiscal 2018 for disaster assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and wildfires that occurred in calendar year 2017. The bill would authorizes $81 billion in aid for ongoing response and recovery from 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, and would authorize Puerto Rico to use surplus toll credits to cover the local share of federal highway emergency relief. The bill would remove a cap on federal highway assistance to U.S. territories for fiscal 2018 and 2019.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Recent House and Senate Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Grasz Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (50-48, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Leonard S. Grasz to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

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


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

The Senate confirmed Don R. Willett to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

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


Ho Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (53-43, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed James C. Ho to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

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


Recent House Votes
Mortgage Lender Escrow Requirement Exemption – Vote Passed (294-129, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would exempt lenders with assets of $10 billion or less from the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul requirement that such lenders establish escrow accounts for the first five years of so-called “high-priced” mortgage loans, if the lenders hold the loan on its own balance sheet for three years after the loan is made.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Iranian Asset Report Requirement – Vote Passed (289-135, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would require the Treasury Department to report to Congress on assets held in U.S. and foreign financial institutions that are under direct or indirect control certain high ranking Iranian officials, and how sanctions may be used to prevent the funds from being used to contribute to the continued development of ballistic missile technology by Iran.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES


Privacy Notice Requirement Exemption – Vote Passed (275-146, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would exempt vehicle financial companies that have not changed their privacy policies, including companies that share or sell information on consumers to unaffiliated third parties, from the requirement that such companies provide annual written privacy notices to consumers.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Iranian Aircraft Purchase Transactions – Vote Passed (252-167, 12 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would require the Treasury secretary to report to Congress on any U.S. or foreign financial institutions that are involved in financing the purchase or export of aircraft on behalf of Iran, and to certify that such transactions pose no money-laundering or terrorism-financing risk.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

Legislation sponsored:

  • H.R. 4721 – To enact into law a framework for deciding whether certain projectiles are “primarily intended for sporting purposes” for purposes of determining whether the projectiles are armor piercing ammunition.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • H.R. 4715 – To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require certain institutions of higher education to provide notice of tuition levels for students.
  • H.R. 4681 – To limit assistance for areas of Syria controlled by the Government of Syria or associated forces, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 4007 – To revise the quorum requirement for the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
  • H.Res. 661 – Reaffirming the commitment of the United States to promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Cambodia.