Legislative Activity

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Legislation sponsored:

S. 648 – A bill to establish a grant program to promote the development of career education programs in computer science in secondary and postsecondary education.
Legislation cosponsored:

S. 629 – A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drugs, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials approved for use in the prevention, control, and treatment of animal diseases, in order to minimize the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

S. 636 – A bill to allow Americans to earn paid sick time so that they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.

S. 668 – A bill to nullify the effect of the recent executive order regarding border security and immigration enforcement.

S.Res. 88 – A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the President and the Secretary of State should ensure that the Government of Canada does not permanently store nuclear waste in the Great Lakes Basin.

Recent House Votes

Review Federal Regulations for Repeal – Vote Passed (240-185, 4 Not Voting)

The measure would establish a commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy — including those that should be repealed immediately and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory “cut-go” system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

OMB Regulatory Oversight – Vote Passed (241-184, 4 Not Voting)

The bill would require proposed rules by federal departments and agencies, including independent agencies, to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and it would direct OIRA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of significant regulatory actions and to ensure that proposed rules are consistent with applicable law and that regulations do not conflict.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule – Vote Passed (231-191, 7 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 19, 2016, that extends to five years the period for which OSHA can cite an employer for failing to officially record a workplace injury or illness.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications – Vote Passed (246-176, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would require each federal agency to maintain an online searchable list of its regulatory actions and all public communications it makes regarding those regulatory actions. It also would prohibit agencies from soliciting support for, or promoting, its regulatory actions.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Vote Passed (371-48, 10 Not Voting)

The legislation would provide full-year appropriations for Defense Department programs and activities for fiscal 2017, providing $577.9 billion in discretionary spending, $5.2 billion more than fiscal 2016. It would include $516.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $61.8 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations war and anti-terror funding.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES

Class Action Litigation – Vote Passed (220-201, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would prohibit federal courts from certifying proposed classes of individuals for a class-action lawsuit unless each member of the class has suffered the same type and degree of injury, and it would require quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Civil Litigation Jurisdiction – Vote Passed (224-194, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would establish national standards under which federal courts, when considering whether to remand back to state court a lawsuit against an out-of-state entity, must deny that motion and have the case decided in federal court because it determines that an in-state co-defendant should not have been joined to the case.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits – Vote Passed (230-188, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would modify federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that violate the existing prohibition on the filing of frivolous lawsuits, with such sanctions to include monetary penalties to cover the other party’s attorneys’ fees and other costs.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Recent Senate Votes

Confirmation of Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Interior – Vote Confirmed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to be secretary of the Interior.

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

Confirmation of Ben Carson to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Vote Confirmed (58-41, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Ben Carson to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

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

Confirmation of Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy – Vote Confirmed (62-37, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy.

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

Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (49-48, 3 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove, under the Congressional Review Act, a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.

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

Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule – Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.

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

Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule – Vote Passed (59-40, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.

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

Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule – Vote Passed (50-49, 1 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state’s accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state’s statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).

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

Confirmation of Seema Verma to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Vote Confirmed (55-43, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Seema Verma to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Legislation sponsored:

S. 547 – A bill to prevent mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud targeting seniors in the United States, to promote efforts to increase public awareness of the enormous impact that mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud have on seniors, to educate the public, seniors, their families, and their caregivers about how to identify and combat fraudulent activity, and for other purposes.

Legislation cosponsored:

S. 550 – A bill to restore statutory rights to the people of the United States from forced arbitration.
S. 569 – A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, to provide consistent and reliable authority for, and for the funding of, the Land and Water Conservation Fund to maximize the effectiveness of the Fund for future generations, and for other purposes.
S. 573 – A bill to establish the National Criminal Justice Commission.
S.Res. 84 – A resolution supporting the goals of International Women’s Day.