Legislative Activity

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

Legislation Sponsored & Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 1501 – A bill to amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 to support maker education and makerspaces.
  • S. 1504 – A bill to direct the Attorney General to study issues relating to human trafficking, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1506 – A bill to improve the handling of instances of sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and for other purposes.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S. 1564 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit legally married same-sex couples to amend their filing status for returns outside the 3-year limitation
  • S. 967 – Medicare Ambulance Access, Fraud Prevention, and Reform Act of 2017
  • S. 1547 – A bill to nullify the effect of the recent Executive order that establishes an “election integrity” commission, which will be used and is designed to support policies that will suppress the vote in minority and poor communities across the United States.
  • S. 266 – Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act
  • S. 1112 – Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017
  • S. 1498 – A bill to establish in the Smithsonian Institution a comprehensive American women’s history museum, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1510 – A bill to amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to provide for online voter registration and other changes and to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to improve voting, to require the Election Assistance Commission to study and report on best practices for election cybersecurity and election audits, and to make grants to States to implement those best practices recommended by the Commission.
  • S.Con.Res. 20 – A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the overtime rule published in the Federal Register by the Secretary of Labor on May 23, 2016, would provide millions of workers with greater economic security and was a legally valid exercise of the authority of the Secretary under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
  • S.Res. 211 – A resolution condemning the violence and persecution in Chechnya.
  • S.Res. 214 – A resolution designating June 19, 2017, as “Juneteenth Independence Day” in recognition of June 19, 1865, the date on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States.

Legislation Sponsored & Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

Legislation sponsored:

  • H.R. 3203 – To provide congressional review and to counter Iranian and Russian governments’ aggression.
  • H.Res. 422 – Urging adherence to the “one country, two systems” policy as prescribed in the Joint Declaration between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the Question of the Hong Kong.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • H.R. 2876 – Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3222 – To amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to protect civil rights and otherwise prevent meaningful harm to third parties, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3238 – To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide assistance for common interest communities, condominiums, and housing cooperatives damaged by a major disaster, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1450 – No Stolen Trademarks Honored in America Act
  • H.R. 2267 – Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3163 – To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a home infusion therapy services temporary transitional payment under the Medicare program.
  • H.R. 3191 – To prohibit the use of Federal funds to establish, support, or otherwise promote a joint cybersecurity initiative with Russia, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3215 – To authorize appropriations for the public housing Capital Fund for addressing urgent capital needs, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 449 – Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2017
  • H.R. 807 – Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act of 2017
  • H.R. 1243 – BEST Practices Act
  • H.Res. 425 – Supporting the protection of the name Harlem.
  • H.Res. 279 – Recognizing Israeli-American heritage and the contributions of the Israeli-American community to the United States.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

  • S. 1564 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit legally married same-sex couples to amend their filing status for returns outside the 3-year limitation
  • S.Res. 211 – A resolution condemning the violence and persecution in Chechnya.
  • S. 1547 – A bill to nullify the effect of the recent Executive order that establishes an “election integrity” commission, which will be used and is designed to support policies that will suppress the vote in minority and poor communities across the United States.
  • S. 705 – Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017
  • S. 1462 – A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to improve cost sharing subsidies.
  • S. 1469 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend tax incentives to permanently extend the special expensing rules for certain film, television, and live theatrical productions, and for other purposes.

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

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 1434 – A bill to enhance the military childcare programs and activities of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1437 – A bill to modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1434 – A bill to enhance the military childcare programs and activities of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1437 – A bill to modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.

Legislation cosponsored:

Legislation Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

  • H.R. 920 – Protecting Our Border Communities Act of 2017
  • H.R. 921 – Community Trust Act of 2017
  • H.Res. 405 – Expressing support for the designation of June 26 as “LGBT Equality Day”.
  • H.R. 12 – To modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 2902 – IDEA Full Funding Act
  • H.R. 3048 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction allowed for student loan interest.
  • H.Con.Res. 63 – Supporting efforts to enact a bold jobs and infrastructure package that benefits all Americans, not just billionaires.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

  • S. 1398 – A bill to direct the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to release an interim report related to aquatic nuisance species control, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1408 – A bill to enhance effective prosecution and defense in courts-martial, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1419 – A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1420 – A bill to direct the Secretary of State to review the termination characterization of former members of the Department of State who were fired by reason of the sexual orientation of the official, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1421 – A bill to support educational entities in fully implementing title IX and reducing and preventing sex discrimination in all areas of education.
  • S.Res. 201 – A resolution affirming the importance of title IX, applauding the increase in educational opportunities available to women and girls, and recognizing the tremendous amount of work left to be done to further increase those opportunities.
  • S. 1352 – A bill to establish a tax credit for on-site apprenticeship programs, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1386 – A bill to permit employees to request changes to their work schedules without fear of retaliation and to ensure that employers consider these requests, and to require employers to provide more predictable and stable schedules for employees in certain occupations with evidence of unpredictable and unstable scheduling practices that negatively affect employees, and for other purposes.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S. 1366 – A bill to direct the Secretary of Defense to review the discharge characterization of former members of the Armed Forces who were discharged by reason of the sexual orientation of the member, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1419 – A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.
  • S.Res. 201 – A resolution affirming the importance of title IX, applauding the increase in educational opportunities available to women and girls, and recognizing the tremendous amount of work left to be done to further increase those opportunities.
  • S. 1386 – A bill to permit employees to request changes to their work schedules without fear of retaliation and to ensure that employers consider these requests, and to require employers to provide more predictable and stable schedules for employees in certain occupations with evidence of unpredictable and unstable scheduling practices that negatively affect employees, and for other purposes.