Legislative Activity

Legislation Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

  • H.R. 1861 – Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act
  • H.R. 3525 – To amend title V of the Social Security Act to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3325 – To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option of providing coordinated care for children with complex medical conditions through a health home, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3443 – To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit wellness programs, including those offered by health insurance issuers or in connection with a group health plan, from disclosing personally identifiable information related to individuals’ use or non-use of contraceptives.
  • H.R. 3445 – To enhance the transparency and accelerate the impact of programs under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3484 – To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to award grants to States to implement a tick identification pilot program.
  • H.R. 3258 – Marketplace Certainty Act
  • H.Res. 311 – Recognizing that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia.
  • H.R. 2404 – Improving the Treatment of the U.S. Territories Under Federal Health Programs Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3364 – To provide congressional review and to counter aggression by the Governments of Iran, the Russian Federation, and North Korea, and for other purposes.

Recent House and Senate Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Shanahan Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (92-7, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan to be deputy secretary of Defense.

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


Bush Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (51-47, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of John Kenneth Bush to be a judge for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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


Recent House Votes
Ozone Standards Implementation – Vote Passed (229-199, 5 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would extend for eight years the deadline for the EPA to implement new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone. The bill would require the EPA to review the national ambient air quality standards for each pollutant every ten years, instead of every five, and would require the agency to evaluate possible adverse effects of standard changes.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure – Vote Passed (254-175, 4 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would establish a new system for the approval and permitting of border-crossing oil and gas pipelines and electrical transmission lines. The bill would require sponsors of border-crossing oil pipelines and electricity transmission facilities that cross the U.S. borders into Canada and Mexico to receive a “certificate of crossing” from the relevant federal agency in order to build or modify their projects.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Agency Coordinating Authority – Vote Passed (248-179, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would establish the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as the sole lead agency for the permitting of proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


King Cove Land Exchange – Vote Passed (248-179, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would require the Interior Department to convey to the state of Alaska, if requested, 206 acres of federal land within the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and Izembek Wilderness for the purpose of constructing a single-lane gravel road between the towns of King Cove and Cold Bay, Alaska.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO

Recent House and Senate Votes

Recent Senate Votes
Rao Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (54-41, 5 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Neomi Rao to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget.

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


Hagerty Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (86-12, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of William Hagerty IV to be U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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


Recent House Votes
California Drought Prevention – Vote Passed (230-190, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would require the Interior Department to take certain actions to increase the availability of water for agricultural and other purposes in California’s Central Valley, including a requirement that the maximum amount of water practicable would have to be provided to all individuals or districts that receive water through the Central Valley Project.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted NO


Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization – Vote Passed (344-81, 8 Not Voting)

The House passed the bill that would authorize $688.3 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2018. The total would include $74.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations funds, of which $10 billion would be used for non-war, base defense budget needs; $239.7 billion for operations and maintenance; $10.2 billion for military construction; $142.9 billion for military personnel; and $33.9 billion for defense health care programs. It would authorize $12.5 billion for procurement of F-35 planes, research and development, as well as modifications to existing aircraft, and would prohibit the retirement of the A-10 bomber fleet.

Rep. Eliot Engel voted YES

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Legislation sponsored:

  • S. 1602 – A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Finger Lakes National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • S. 1462 – Marketplace Certainty Act
  • S. 1560 – A bill to ensure the integrity of border and immigration enforcement efforts by requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to administer law enforcement polygraph examinations to all applicants for law enforcement positions and to require post-hire polygraph examinations for law enforcement personnel as part of periodic reinvestigations.
  • S. 1570 – A bill to improve Federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys, and for other purposes.
  • S. 926 – Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act
  • S. 1182 – The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act
  • S. 1585 – A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1589 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Small Business Act to expand the availability of employee stock ownership plans in S corporations, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1588 – A bill to secure Federal voting rights of persons when released from incarceration.
  • S. 1605 – A bill to improve the response to sexual assault and sexual harassment on board aircraft operated in passenger air transportation, and for other purposes.

Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by Representative Eliot Engel

Legislation sponsored:

  • H.Res. 449 – Urging the Government of Kenya and Kenya’s political parties to respect democratic principles and hold credible, peaceful, and transparent elections in August 2017.

Legislation cosponsored:

  • H.R. 3259 – To prohibit the use of Federal funds for the establishment or support of a cybersecurity unit with the Russian Federation, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3273 – To improve Federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3320 – To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization, and for other purposes.
  • H.Res. 128 – Supporting respect for human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.
  • H.Res. 445 – Honoring the life and legacy of Liu Xiaobo for his steadfast commitment to the protection of human rights, political freedoms, free markets, democratic elections, government accountability, and peaceful change in the People’s Republic of China.
  • H.R. 1467 – SEAT Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3329 – To amend the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 to impose additional sanctions with respect to Hizballah, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 3338 – To require that health plans provide coverage for a minimum hospital stay for mastectomies, lumpectomies, and lymph node dissection for the treatment of breast cancer and coverage for secondary consultations.
  • H.R. 3342 – To impose sanctions on foreign persons that are responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights by reason of the use by Hizballah of civilians as human shields, and for other purposes.

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Charles Schumer

  • S. 1570 – A bill to improve Federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1585 – A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1615 – A bill to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain individuals who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children and for other purposes.

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.