Legislative Activity

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

Legislation sponsored:

  • H.R. 2955 – To amend title 49, United States Code, to permit the installation of pulsating light systems for high mounted stop lamps, and for other purposes.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • H.R. 1815 – Protecting Sensitive Locations Act
  • H.R. 2651 – Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017
  • H.R. 2978 – 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.
  • H.R. 3030 – To help prevent acts of genocide and other atrocity crimes, which threaten national and international security, by enhancing United States Government capacities to prevent, mitigate, and respond to such crises.
  • H.Res. 397 – Solemnly reaffirming the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s principle of collective defense as enumerated in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.
  • H.R. 2740 – Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2017
  • H.R. 1472 – Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017
  • H.R. 2688 – Incentivizing Medicaid Expansion Act of 2017
  • H.R. 2942 – 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.
  • H.R. 2953 – To amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 respecting the scoring of preventive health savings.
  • H.Res. 185 – Calling on the Government of Iran to fulfill repeated promises of assistance in the case of Robert Levinson, the longest held United States civilian in our Nation’s history.
  • H.Res. 393 – Expressing support for addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict in a concurrent track with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and commending Arab and Muslim-majority states that have improved bilateral relations with Israel.
  • H.Res. 395 – Reaffirming the leadership of the United States in promoting the safety, health, and well-being of refugees and displaced persons.

Recent Senate and House Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Rapuano Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (95-1, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano to be assistant secretary of Defense

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YES


Saudi Arms Sale Disapproval – Motion to Discharge – Vote Rejected (47-53)

Paul, R-Ky., motion to discharge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from further consideration of a joint resolution that would prohibit the proposed sale of laser-guided weapons systems, fighter aircraft, warhead fuze systems, and other weaponry and defense services to Saudi Arabia.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YES


Iranian and Russian Sanctions – Vote Passed (98-2)

Passage of the bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activities contributing to an Iranian ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction program, who is involved in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who is responsible for human rights violations, or who contributes to the arming of Iran.

Sen. Charles Schumer voted YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand voted YES


Recent House Votes
Health Insurance Tax Credit Verification – Vote Passed (238-184, 8 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would prohibit the advance payment of health insurance premium tax credits to individuals that apply for the credits unless the Treasury Department receives confirmation from the Health and Human Services Department that such an individual’s status as a citizens or lawfully present alien has been verified. If the American Health Care Act (HR 1628) is enacted, the bill (HR 2581) would make verification of an individual’s status mandatory in order to receive advance payment of the new health insurance premium tax credit created by the American Health Care Act.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Veterans Affairs Department Accountability – Vote Passed (368-55, 7 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would expand the VA’s ability to fire, demote and suspend employees for misconduct or poor performance. The bill would authorize the VA to recoup any bonus or relocation expense paid to a VA employee if it deems it appropriate. It would require that the employee be given advance notice and would allow the employee the right to appeal the disciplinary action through procedures set by collective bargaining.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Health Care Tax Credit Expansion – Vote Passed (267-144, 19 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would modify the definition of a “qualified health plan” to allow, beginning in 2020, for new tax credits proposed by the American Health Care Act (HR 1628) to be used by individuals or families to pay for continued group health coverage under the 1985 Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), provided that the AHCA is enacted into law.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Recent Senate and House Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Elwood Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (67-33)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Courtney Elwood to be general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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


Iran Sanctions – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (91-8, 1 Not Voting)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would impose certain sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activity contributing to an Iran ballistic missile or mass destruction program, that is related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is responsible for human rights abuses, or that contributes to the arming of Iran. The bill would also require the departments of Defense and Treasury and the National Intelligence Agency to develop a strategy for deterring Iran from activities or threats against the United States and its allies every two years.

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


Recent House Votes
Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver – Vote Passed (282-137, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would authorize the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to waive the requirement that applicants for law enforcement positions at CBP undergo polygraph examinations for specific groups of applicants. Certain veterans and law enforcement officers who have already passed a polygraph examination or stringent background investigation could be exempt from the polygraph requirement.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted Not Voting


Financial Regulation Restructuring – Vote Passed (233-186, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would overhaul financial industry regulations and repeal many provisions of the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law. It would convert the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into an executive agency funded by annual appropriations and would modify operations at the Federal Reserve and at the Securities and Exchange Commission. It would repeal the prohibition on banking entities engaging in proprietary trading and would modify regulations governing the amount of capital that banks are required to maintain.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted Not Voting

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

  • S. 1311 – Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017
  • 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. 1369 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish an excise tax on certain prescription drugs which have been subject to a price spike, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1371 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to strengthen the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit.
  • S.Res. 193 – A resolution commending the bravery of the United States Capitol Police, the Police Department of Alexandria, Virginia, and all first responders who protected Members of Congress, their staff, and others during the shooting on June 14, 2017, at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 1376 – A bill to ensure that all fast-tracked reconciliation bills are subject to a committee hearing, and for other purposes.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S. 1371 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to strengthen the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit.
  • S.Res. 193 – A resolution commending the bravery of the United States Capitol Police, the Police Department of Alexandria, Virginia, and all first responders who protected Members of Congress, their staff, and others during the shooting on June 14, 2017, at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Legislation Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

  • H.R. 2904 – 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.
  • H.Res. 380 – Commemorating one year since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
  • H.Res. 386 – Recognizing June 19, 2017, as this year’s observance of the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day.
  • H.Res. 390 – Expressing strong disapproval of the President’s announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

  • S. 1311 – Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017
  • 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. 1369 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish an excise tax on certain prescription drugs which have been subject to a price spike, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1371 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to strengthen the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit.
  • S.Res. 193 – A resolution commending the bravery of the United States Capitol Police, the Police Department of Alexandria, Virginia, and all first responders who protected Members of Congress, their staff, and others during the shooting on June 14, 2017, at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 1376 – A bill to ensure that all fast-tracked reconciliation bills are subject to a committee hearing, and for other purposes.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S. 1371 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to strengthen the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit.
  • S.Res. 193 – A resolution commending the bravery of the United States Capitol Police, the Police Department of Alexandria, Virginia, and all first responders who protected Members of Congress, their staff, and others during the shooting on June 14, 2017, at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Legislation Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

  • H.R. 2904 – 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.
  • H.Res. 380 – Commemorating one year since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
  • H.Res. 386 – Recognizing June 19, 2017, as this year’s observance of the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day.
  • H.Res. 390 – Expressing strong disapproval of the President’s announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

  • S. 1311 – Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017
  • 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. 1369 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish an excise tax on certain prescription drugs which have been subject to a price spike, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1371 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to strengthen the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit.
  • S.Res. 193 – A resolution commending the bravery of the United States Capitol Police, the Police Department of Alexandria, Virginia, and all first responders who protected Members of Congress, their staff, and others during the shooting on June 14, 2017, at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.