Mega Vote September 26, 2016

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

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed
  • Senate: Prohibit Sales of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia – Motion to Table
  • House: Legal Challenges to Federal Rules
  • House: Identify Assets of Top Iranians
  • House: Defer Taxing Stock Options for Startups
  • House: Bar Ransom Payments for Hostages

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations
  • Senate: Veto Override of Lawsuits by U.S. Victims of International Terrorism
  • House: Water Resources Development
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Cloture on Motion to Proceed – Vote Agreed to (89-7, 4 Not Voting)

The bill appropriates $3.5 billion Legislative Branch bill for fiscal 2017, which covers the operations of the House, the Capitol Police, Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress and other agencies. The measure is expected to be the vehicle for the continuing resolution that would deal with broader veterans funding and emergency money needed to fight the spread of the Zika virus. Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture.

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


Prohibit Sales of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia – Motion to Table – Vote Agreed to (71-27, 2 Not Voting)

The joint resolution prohibits a roughly $1 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, including well more than a hundred Abrams tanks.

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


Recent House Votes
Legal Challenges to Federal Rules – Vote Passed (244-180, 7 Not Voting)

The bill postpones, until all legal challenges are completed, the implementation of any new federal rule that would have an economic impact of $1 billion or more per year.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Identify Assets of Top Iranians – Vote Passed (282-143, 6 Not Voting)

The bill requires the Treasury secretary to compile and submit to Congress a report detailing the known assets of Iran’s top political and military leaders, how those assets were acquired and for what purposes the assets were used.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Defer Taxing Stock Options for Startups – Vote Passed (287-124, 20 Not Voting)

The bill allows employee stockholders in certain startup businesses to defer income taxes on stock options for up to seven years, when they are more likely to have the funds to make the tax payments.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Bar Ransom Payments for Hostages – Vote Passed (254-163, 14 Not Voting)

The bill specifies that it is the policy of the U.S. government not to pay ransom or release prisoners for the purpose of securing the release of U.S. citizens taken hostage abroad, and it generally prohibits the U.S. government from providing to the government of Iran, either directly or indirectly, any cash or other promissory note. It requires the administration to obtain a Treasury foreign assets license before settling any pending financial claims with Iran, and to publicly disclose each such transaction and payment.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – HR5325

The bill would appropriate $3.5 billion Legislative Branch bill for fiscal 2017, which covers the operations of the House, the Capitol Police, Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress and other agencies. The measure is expected to be the vehicle for the continuing resolution that would deal with broader veterans funding and emergency money needed to fight the spread of the Zika virus.


Veto Override of Lawsuits by U.S. Victims of International Terrorism – S2040

The measure would permit possible lawsuits by U.S. victims of international terrorism against foreign nationals, which could allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue certain Saudi citizens, including members of the royal family. The bill was vetoed by President Barack Obama on September 23, 2016.


Water Resources Development – HR5303

The bill would authorize 27 new water projects for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers and would authorizes the corps to conduct feasibility studies for 29 possible projects. It also would deauthorize five existing projects and would establish an expedited process for the deauthorization of other projects that are no longer viable, and it would modify the water project selection process created by the 2014 authorization law and other elements of that law in order to clarify and strengthen its application and use.


Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – HR5325

The bill would appropriate $3.5 billion Legislative Branch bill for fiscal 2017, which covers the operations of the House, the Capitol Police, Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress and other agencies. The measure is expected to be the vehicle for the continuing resolution that would deal with broader veterans funding and emergency money needed to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

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