Mega Vote June 21, 2016

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

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed to Bill
  • House: IRS and Free Speech – Passage
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations
  • House: Veto Override on Fiduciary Rule
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Financial Services Appropriations
  • House: Health Savings Accounts
  • House: Judicial Deference in Rule-Making

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage – Vote Passed (85-13, 2 Not Voting)

The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $59 billion for operations overseas. It allows the Defense Department to plan and design a stateside facility to one day house the detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. However, it keeps existing prohibitions on Guantanamo’s closure, including blocking any funds authorized in the bill to be used for actually constructing a stateside replacement. The bill requires women to register for the draft, starting Jan. 1, 2018, and creates a commission to examine whether the Selective Service is still needed.

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


Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed to Bill – Vote Agreed to (94-3, 3 Not Voting)

The legislation would fund the Commerce and Justice departments and NASA. It also would include language that would prevent the administration from spending money to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States or find places to house them here.

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


Recent House Votes
IRS and Free Speech – Passage – Vote Passed (240-182, 12 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits the Treasury Department from requiring that the identity of most contributors to 501(c) tax-exempt organizations be included in annual returns, regardless of the size of the contribution — a restriction that would apply to donors to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Passage – Vote Passed (282-138, 14 Not Voting)

The measure provides $575.7 billion in discretionary defense spending, including $517.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $58.6 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – HR2578

The bill would fund the Commerce and Justice departments and NASA. It also would include language that would prevent the administration from spending money to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States or find places to house them here.


Veto Override on Fiduciary Rule – HJRES88

The House will vote on overriding the president’s veto of legislation that would disapprove of the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule. The resolution disapproves the rule issued by the Labor Department on April 8, 2016, commonly known as the fiduciary rule on retirement investment advice, that subjects broker-dealers who oversee retirement investments to the fiduciary standard under which they must provide investment advice that is in the best interest of the investor “without regard to the financial or other interests” of the financial institution, adviser or other party. A two-thirds vote of both chambers is needed to override a veto.


Fiscal 2017 Financial Services Appropriations – HR5485

The bill would provide a total of $21.7 billion in discretionary funding subject to budget caps. The bill would appropriate $11 billion for the IRS, $1.6 billion for the Securities and Exchange Commission and $7.4 billion for the operation of the federal court system, including salaries of judges, magistrates, support personnel and other expenses of the federal judiciary. The bill would appropriate $692 million for the Executive Office of the President and provide a total of $725 million for federal payments to the District of Columbia.


Health Savings Accounts – HR1270

The legislation would modify several rules related to health savings accounts (HSAs) including by nearly doubling the maximum contribution limit and allowing certain couples to divide up their combined catch-up contributions among either of their HSAs. It also would repeal a rule under the 2010 health care law that made over-the-counter medications ineligible for coverage under HSAs and other health-related accounts.


Judicial Deference in Rule-Making – HR4768

The measure effectively would overturn two Supreme Court decisions that require courts to give substantial deference to an agency’s interpretation of the law it is implementing and to its own interpretation of regulations.

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