Legislative Activity

Recent House and Senate Voting

Recent Senate Votes
Pai Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (52-41, 7 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Ajit V. Pai to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission.

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


Quarles Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (65-32, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Randal Quarles to be a member of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System.

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


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

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna to be director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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


Recent House Votes
Abortion Ban – Vote Passed (237-189, 7 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later, and it imposes criminal penalties on medical professionals who violate the ban.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Fiscal 2018 Budget Resolution – Vote Passed (219-206, 9 Not Voting)

The House adopted the concurrent resolution that would provide for $3.2 trillion in new budget authority in fiscal 2018, not including off-budget accounts. It would assume $1.22 trillion in discretionary spending in fiscal 2018. It would assume the repeal of the 2010 health care overhaul law. It also would propose reducing spending on mandatory programs such as Medicare and Medicaid and changing programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (also known as food stamps). It would call for restructuring Medicare into a “premium support” system beginning in 2024. It would also require the House Ways and Means Committee to report out legislation under the budget reconciliation process that would provide for a revenue-neutral, comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. tax code and would include instructions to 11 House committees to trigger the budget reconciliation process to cut mandatory spending.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Legislation Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

  • H.R. 2587 – Medical Nutrition Equity Act of 2017
  • H.R. 4052 – To prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 4025 – To amend title 18, United States Code, to expand to all firearms the requirement that Federal firearms licensees report sales of 2 or more handguns to the same unlicensed person within 5 consecutive business days.
  • H.R. 3980 – To establish a United States Commission on Hate Crimes to study and make recommendations on the prevention of the commission of hate crimes, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3987 – To reduce gun violence, fund gun violence research and victim assistance, and enhance the tracking of lost and stolen firearms, and for other purposes.
  • H.Res. 467 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United Nations Security Council should immediately impose an arms embargo against the Government of South Sudan and all other parties to hostilities in South Sudan.
  • H.R. 2625 – Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3947 – To prohibit the possession or transfer of certain firearm accessories, and for other purposes.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

  • S. 1979 – A bill to block the implementation of certain presidential actions that restrict individuals from certain countries from entering the United States.
  • S. 1498 – Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Act
  • S.Res. 292 – A resolution condemning the brutal and senseless attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, honoring the memory of the victims of the deadly shooting, offering condolences to, and expressing support for, the families and friends of the victims and all of the individuals who were affected by the attack, and applauding the dedication and bravery of law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, medical professionals, hotel security and staff, and community members in responding to the attack.
  • S. 1050 – Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act
  • S. 1916 – A bill to prohibit the possession or transfer of certain firearm accessories, and for other purposes.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

  • S. 1985 – A bill to repeal the rules issued by the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services entitled “Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act” and “Moral Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act”.
  • S. 1992 – A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to require federally licensed firearms importers, manufacturers, and dealers to meet certain requirements with respect to securing their firearms inventory, business records, and business premises.
  • S. 1361 – Improving Access to Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Act of 2017
  • S. 1960 – A bill to repeal the amendments made to the Controlled Substances Act by the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016.
  • S. 1979 – A bill to block the implementation of certain presidential actions that restrict individuals from certain countries from entering the United States.
  • S. 200 – Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017
  • S.Res. 292 – A resolution condemning the brutal and senseless attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, honoring the memory of the victims of the deadly shooting, offering condolences to, and expressing support for, the families and friends of the victims and all of the individuals who were affected by the attack, and applauding the dedication and bravery of law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, medical professionals, hotel security and staff, and community members in responding to the attack.
  • S. 322 – Pet and Women Safety Act of 2017
  • S. 503 – Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act
  • S. 654 – PACT Act
  • S. 1595 – Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017
  • S. 1706 – SAFE Act
  • S. 1923 – A bill to prohibit firearms dealers from selling a firearm prior to the completion of a background check.
  • S. 1939 – A bill to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
  • S. 1945 – A bill to regulate large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
  • S. 1916 – A bill to prohibit the possession or transfer of certain firearm accessories, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1918 – A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize a grant program to assist State and local law enforcement agencies in purchasing body-worn cameras and securely storing and maintaining recording data for law enforcement officers.

Recent House and Senate Voting

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization – Vote Agreed to (89-8, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate passed the bill that would authorize $692 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2018, including $60 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

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


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

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Noel J. Francisco to be Solicitor General of the United States.

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


Delrahim Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (73-21, 6 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Makan Delrahim to be an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.

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


Recent House Votes
Maternal and Infant Home Visit Program – Vote Passed (214-209, 10 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would authorize, through fiscal 2022, $400 million a year for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program. The bill would require entities that receive grants under the program to continue to demonstrate improvements in applicable benchmarks and guidelines.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


FAA Short Term Reauthorization, Flood Insurance and Hurricane Tax Adjustments – Vote Passed (264-155, 14 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would extend through March 31, 2018, various expiring authorities, programs and activities for the Federal Aviation Administration. The measure would also extend multiple health care programs and would establish the basis for the development of a private flood insurance market. It would modify tax provisions for individuals living in areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and would allow the federal government to reimburse the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for any disaster tax relief that those islands provide their citizens.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Parole Violators’ Benefits Revocation – Vote Passed (244-171, 18 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would prohibit, beginning in 2021, the payment of social security benefits to an individual who is the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant for committing a felony or for violating a condition of parole or probation.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

  • S. 1064 – Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2017
  • S. 1803 – MEDS Act
  • S. 1883 – A bill to require the Secretary of Transportation to publish a final rule to provide for the screening, testing, and treatment for sleep disorders of individuals operating commercial vehicles.
  • S. 1880 – A bill to reform our government, reduce the grip of special interest, and return our democracy to the American people by increasing transparency and oversight of our elections and government, reforming public financing for Presidential and Congressional elections, and requiring States to conduct Congressional redistricting through independent commissions, and for other purposes.
  • S.Res. 264 – A resolution designating September 2017 as “National Kinship Care Month”.

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

Legislation sponsored:

  • H.Res. 542 – Expressing support for designation of the week of October 1 through 7, 2017, as “Latex Allergy Awareness Week”.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • H.R. 3635 – Local Coverage Determination Clarification Act of 2017
  • H.R. 2908 – Climate Change National Security Strategy Act of 2017
  • H.R. 747 – Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3851 – To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to provide for rewards for the arrest or conviction of certain foreign nationals who have committed genocide or war crimes, and for other purposes.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

  • S. 1706 – SAFE Act
  • S. 1808 – Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2017
  • S.Res. 253 – A resolution designating the week beginning September 18, 2017, as “National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week”.
  • S.Res. 254 – A resolution relative to the death of Pietro “Pete” Vichi Domenici, former United States Senator for the State of New Mexico.
  • S. 1057 – Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2017

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 1843 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny a deduction for excessive compensation of any employee of an employer, and for other purposes.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S. 1808 – Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2017
  • S.Res. 250 – A resolution condemning horrific acts of violence against Burma’s Rohingya population and calling on Aung San Suu Kyi to play an active role in ending this humanitarian tragedy.
  • S. 1828 – A bill to change the date for regularly scheduled general elections for Federal office to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November in every even-numbered year.
  • S. 1838 – A bill to repeal the authority under the National Labor Relations Act for States to enact laws prohibiting agreements requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1754 – Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2017
  • S. 1804 – A bill to establish a Medicare-for-all health insurance program.
  • S.Res. 254 – A resolution relative to the death of Pietro “Pete” Vichi Domenici, former United States Senator for the State of New Mexico.
  • S. 1742 – Medicare at 55 Act