Mega Vote February 1, 2016

In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
Senate: Energy Policy – GAO Report on Energy Production
Upcoming Congressional Bills
Senate: Energy Policy
House: Health Care Repeal Reconciliation — Veto Override
House: Iran Sanctions
House: Affordable Housing
House: Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies
House: Financial Institution Customer Protection
Recent Senate Votes
Energy Policy – GAO Report on Energy Production – Vote Agreed to (62-29, 9 Not Voting)

The Senate adopted an amendment to the energy policy bill that requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct a review and submit a report to Congress on energy production in the United States and the effects of crude oil exports. The initial report must be submitted within one year of the bill’s enactment date and then resubmitted for the following two years.

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

Upcoming Votes
Energy Policy – S2012

The bill would streamline permitting for gas exports, boost energy-efficiency standards for commercial and federal buildings, permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and require grid infrastructure upgrades for reliability and security.

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation — Veto Override – HR3762

The House will vote to override President Barack Obama’s veto of legislation that repeals or significantly modifies numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law, including the individual and employer mandates, tax subsidies for individuals to purchase health insurance from exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. It also effectively eliminates more than a dozen taxes included in the law, including the medical device tax, the “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans, the net investment tax and the additional Medicare tax, and it blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and provides alternative women’s health funding for community health centers.

Iran Sanctions – HR3662

The bill restricts the president’s ability to lift sanctions on Iranian and other financial institutions as called for by the Iran Nuclear agreement, by allowing sanctions to be lifted only if the president certifies that the institutions have not knowingly helped fund Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, foreign terrorist organizations and other entities sanctioned in connection with Iran’s weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missile programs.

Affordable Housing – HR3700

The measure makes changes to various housing laws to try to extend affordable housing options to more low-income families. It allows Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and the owners of private subsidized housing to verify the income-based eligibility of families through other needs-tested federal programs, changes requirements regarding the inspection of housing units and eases Federal Housing Authority (FHA) requirements for mortgage insurance for condominiums.

Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies – HR1675

The bill requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct reviews of its existing regulations to determine whether any are outmoded, ineffective or excessively burdensome, and to modify or repeal rules based on those reviews.

Financial Institution Customer Protection – HR766

The legislation prohibits federal banking regulators from requesting that financial institutions terminate their relationships with specific customers or groups of customers unless the agency has a material reason for requesting that termination, and it modifies the 1989 Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act to restrict the conditions under which the Justice Department may conduct investigations involving financial institutions and seek civil penalties, including by limiting the department’s subpoena authority.

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