Mega Vote January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017
In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

Senate: GAO Access and Oversight Act
Senate: Confirmation of Gen. James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense
Senate: Confirmation of Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security
Senate: Confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Senate: Confirmation of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be ambassador to the United Nations
House: Abortion Funding

Upcoming Congressional Bills

Senate: Nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State
Senate: Nomination of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation
House: Disapprove Interior Department’s Stream Buffer Rule
House: Disapprove SEC Oil and Gas Anti-Bribery Rule
House: Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule
House: Disapprove Labor Law Rule
House: Disapprove Venting and Flaring Rule

Recent Senate Votes

GAO Access and Oversight Act – Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

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.

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

Confirmation of Gen. James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense – Vote Confirmed (98-1, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Gen. James Mattis to be secretary of Defense.

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

Confirmation of Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security – Vote Confirmed (88-11, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Gen. John Kelly to be secretary of Homeland Security.

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

Confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency – Vote Confirmed (66-32, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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

Confirmation of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be ambassador to the United Nations – Vote Confirmed (96-4)

The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki R. Haley to be the representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of ambassador, and the representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.

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

Recent House Votes

Abortion Funding – Vote Passed (238-183, 11 Not Voting)

The bill would permanently prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. It also would not allow federal medical facilities and health professionals from providing abortion services, and prohibit individuals and small businesses from receiving federal subsidies and tax credits under the 2010 health overhaul law to purchase health care plans that cover abortions.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted Not Voting

Upcoming Votes

Nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State – PN25

The Senate is expected to take up the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be secretary of State.
Nomination of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation – PN35

The Senate is expected to take up the nomination of Elaine Chao to be secretary of Transportation.
Disapprove Interior Department’s Stream Buffer Rule – HJRESXXXX

This measure would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the Interior Department’s Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.
Disapprove SEC Oil and Gas Anti-Bribery Rule – HJRESXXXX

The measure would disapprove, under terms of the CRA, a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.
Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule – HJRESXXXX

The measure would disapprove, under terms of the CRA, a December 2016 Social Security Administration rule that could make it easier for certain mentally challenged individuals to be placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), thereby restricting them from purchasing firearms.
Disapprove Labor Law Rule – HJRESXXXX

The measure would disapprove, under terms of the CRA, a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others.
Disapprove Venting and Flaring Rule – HJRESXXXX

The measure would disapprove, under terms of the CRA, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule issued in November 2016 that requires oil and gas producers to implement measures that reduce natural gas waste.
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