Mega Vote February 16, 2016

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

Recent Congressional Votes
Senate: North Korea Sanctions – Passage
Senate: Customs and Trade Enforcement – Cloture
Senate: Customs and Trade Enforcement – Passage
House: Limit on National Science Foundation – Passage
House: Debt Reduction Plans – Passage
House: Menu Nutrition Disclosures – Passage
House: North Korea Sanctions – Concur in the Senate Amendment
Editor’s Note: The House is not in session this week.

The Senate is not in session this week.

Recent Senate Votes
North Korea Sanctions – Passage – Vote Passed (96-0, 4 Not Voting)

The measure, as amended, expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks. It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

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

Customs and Trade Enforcement – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (73-22, 5 Not Voting)

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements. It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations. The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

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

Customs and Trade Enforcement – Passage – Vote Agreed to (75-20, 5 Not Voting)

The conference report on the legislation strengthens enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and intellectual property rights by creating a Trade Enforcement Trust Fund within the Treasury to enforce international trade agreements. It also creates a division within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to prevent trade remedy evasion. It establishes a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within Immigration and Customs Enforcement to coordinate federal efforts to prevent intellectual property violations. The bill also makes permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access.

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

Recent House Votes
Limit on National Science Foundation – Passage – Vote Passed (236-178, 19 Not Voting)

The bill allows the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award grants or enter into cooperative agreements for basic research and science education only if it determines that the grant or cooperative agreement promotes the progress of science in the United States and is consistent with the NSF’s mission.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Debt Reduction Plans – Passage – Vote Passed (267-151, 15 Not Voting)

The measure requires the Treasury secretary to appear before Congress within a couple of months before the federal government is projected to reach the legal debt limit and report on the state of the nation’s public debt and the drivers of increasing debt, the impact of increasing debt and the administration’s plans for reducing debt in the short, medium and long terms.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Menu Nutrition Disclosures – Passage – Vote Passed (266-144, 1 Present, 22 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Food and Drug Administration to modify its rules regarding the nutrition information that restaurants and other retail food establishments must provide to customers.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

North Korea Sanctions – Concur in the Senate Amendment – Vote Passed (408-2, 23 Not Voting)

The final version of the legislation expands existing sanctions against North Korea by restricting access to the U.S. financial system for entities aiding North Korea, requiring enhanced inspections of ships and aircraft, and holding North Korean officials accountable for human rights violations and cybersecurity attacks. It also requires mandatory sanctions on individuals that sell or buy North Korean minerals, including coal and steel as well as the blacklisting of any individual complicit in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted YES

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