Mega Vote January 18, 2017

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

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution-Klobuchar Amendment Concerning Drug Importation
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution
  • Senate: Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver
  • House: Private Market Investors
  • House: Regulatory Accountability
  • House: SEC Cost-Benefit Analyses
  • House: CFTC Reauthorization
  • House: Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution
  • House: Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: GAO Access and Oversight

Editor’s Note: The House is out of session until Jan. 20 when they will meet for a pro forma session.

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution-Klobuchar Amendment Concerning Drug Importation – Vote Rejected (46-52, 2 Not Voting)

The amendment would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada.

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


Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution – Vote Agreed to (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The concurrent resolution would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.

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


Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver – Vote Passed (81-17, 2 Not Voting)

The bill would provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.

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


Recent House Votes
Private Market Investors – Vote Passed (344-73, 17 Not Voting)

The bill would expand the circumstances under which events where businesses offer unregistered securities in the private market would not be considered “general solicitations” that otherwise require the issuer to verify that the individuals attending the events are accredited investors.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Regulatory Accountability – Vote Passed (238-183, 13 Not Voting)

The bill would modify the federal rule-making process with a focus on reducing the possible economic costs of federal regulations, allowing more legal challenges to rules and increasing transparency. Among its provisions, it would require agencies to estimate the cost of proposed regulations and consider lower-cost alternatives, creating additional steps that agencies must follow when proposing “major” or “high impact” rules, including an opportunity for the public to challenge agency justifications and findings. It also automatically would postpone the implementation of new federal rules costing $1 billion or more until all legal challenges are resolved, and it effectively would overturn two Supreme Court decisions that require courts to give substantial deference to an agency’s interpretation of a rule or underlying law.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


SEC Cost-Benefit Analyses – Vote Passed (243-184, 7 Not Voting)

The bill would require the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct cost-benefit analyses of new regulatory proposals and existing rules, and to modify or rescind those found to have a negative impact.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


CFTC Reauthorization – Vote Passed (239-182, 13 Not Voting)

The bill would reauthorize operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through fiscal 2021 and amend the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law to modify and clarify how the CFTC is to regulate derivatives and swaps. Among its provisions, it would ease certain regulatory requirements to ensure that some “end users” of derivatives are not regulated as swaps dealers, require the CFTC to conduct cost-benefit analyses of its proposed rules and allow for the development of rules regarding the interaction of U.S. swaps rules to international requirements.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution – Vote Passed (227-198, 10 Not Voting)

The concurrent resolution would trigger the budget reconciliation process and enable the subsequent consideration of reconciliation legislation to repeal major portions of the 2010 health law. The measure would provide instructions to two Senate and two House committees to cut a minimum of $1 billion each during the next 10 years as part of budget reconciliation.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver – Vote Passed (268-151, 1 Present, 14 Not Voting)

The bill that would provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO


Upcoming Votes
GAO Access and Oversight – HR72

The bill would grant the Government Accountability Office access to the National Directory of New Hires. The directory contains information from states about new employees.

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