Mega Vote February 23, 2017

February 23, 2017
In this MegaVote for New York’s 25th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
Senate: Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury
Senate: Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Senate: Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Senate: Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule
Senate: Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Senate: Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
House: Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act
House: Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
House: Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule
House: Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule
House: Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule
House: Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule
Editor’s Note: The House and Senate are not doing legislative business in their respective chambers this week.

Recent Senate Votes
Confirmation of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury – Vote Confirmed (53-47)

The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin to be secretary of the Treasury.

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

Confirmation of David Shulkin to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs – Vote Confirmed (100-0)

The Senate confirmed David Shulkin to be secretary of Veterans Affairs

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

Confirmation of Linda McMahon to be the Administrator of the Small Business Administration – Vote Confirmed (81-19)

The Senate confirmed Linda McMahon to be the administrator of the Small Business Administration.

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

Disapprove Instant Criminal Background Check Rule – Vote Passed (57-43)

The Senate passed legislation which would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, 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.

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

Confirmation of Mick Mulvaney to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget – Vote Confirmed (51-49)

The Senate confirmed South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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

Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency – Vote Confirmed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

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

Recent House Votes
Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act – Vote Passed (250-171, 10 Not Voting)

The bill would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pay for a private survey to identify the south boundary line along the Red River separating Texas and Oklahoma with regards to land title and ownership, with the states of Texas and Oklahoma to determine which lands are federal lands and which are private.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Disapprove Local Government Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (234-191, 6 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Dec. 20, 2016, that exempts local government-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities from certain restrictions and requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Disapprove State Retirement Plan ERISA Exemption Rule – Vote Passed (231-193, 7 Not Voting)

The measure would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 30, 2016, that exempts state-administered retirement plans for workers at private sector businesses and nonprofit entities that don’t offer retirement plans from certain restrictions and requirements under ERISA.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule – Vote Passed (236-189, 6 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Disapprove Alaska Predator Control Rule – Vote Passed (225-193, 12 Not Voting)

The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Interior Department on Aug. 5, 2016, that prohibits certain predator control practices in national wildlife refuges in Alaska (such as the taking of mother bears and their cubs, the killing of wolves and their pups at den sites, and aerial shooting).

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Disapprove HHS Planned Parenthood Funding Rule – Vote Passed (230-188, 12 Not Voting)

The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on Dec. 19, 2016, that modifies eligibility requirements for Title X grants for family planning services to specify that states awarding funds cannot prohibit a health care provider from participating for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

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