Mega Vote, June 12, 2017

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

Recent Congressional Votes
Senate: Elwood Nomination – Confirmation
Senate: Iran Sanctions – Cloture
House: Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver
House: Financial Regulation Restructuring
Upcoming Congressional Bills
Senate: Nomination of Kenneth Rapuano to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense
Senate: Iran Sanctions
House: Verify Eligibility for Health Care Tax Credits
House: VA Personnel Accountability
House: Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Recent Senate Votes
Elwood Nomination – Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (67-33)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Courtney Elwood to be general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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

Iran Sanctions – Cloture – Vote Agreed to (91-8, 1 Not Voting)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would impose certain sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activity contributing to an Iran ballistic missile or mass destruction program, that is related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is responsible for human rights abuses, or that contributes to the arming of Iran. The bill would also require the departments of Defense and Treasury and the National Intelligence Agency to develop a strategy for deterring Iran from activities or threats against the United States and its allies every two years.

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

Recent House Votes
Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver – Vote Passed (282-137, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would authorize the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to waive the requirement that applicants for law enforcement positions at CBP undergo polygraph examinations for specific groups of applicants. Certain veterans and law enforcement officers who have already passed a polygraph examination or stringent background investigation could be exempt from the polygraph requirement.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Financial Regulation Restructuring – Vote Passed (233-186, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would overhaul financial industry regulations and repeal many provisions of the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law. It would convert the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into an executive agency funded by annual appropriations and would modify operations at the Federal Reserve and at the Securities and Exchange Commission. It would repeal the prohibition on banking entities engaging in proprietary trading and would modify regulations governing the amount of capital that banks are required to maintain.

Rep. Louise Slaughter voted NO

Recent House Votes
Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver – Vote Passed (282-137, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would authorize the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to waive the requirement that applicants for law enforcement positions at CBP undergo polygraph examinations for specific groups of applicants. Certain veterans and law enforcement officers who have already passed a polygraph examination or stringent background investigation could be exempt from the polygraph requirement.

Rep. Tom Reed voted YES

Financial Regulation Restructuring – Vote Passed (233-186, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would overhaul financial industry regulations and repeal many provisions of the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law. It would convert the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into an executive agency funded by annual appropriations and would modify operations at the Federal Reserve and at the Securities and Exchange Commission. It would repeal the prohibition on banking entities engaging in proprietary trading and would modify regulations governing the amount of capital that banks are required to maintain.

Rep. Tom Reed voted YES

Recent House Votes
Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver – Vote Passed (282-137, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill would authorize the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to waive the requirement that applicants for law enforcement positions at CBP undergo polygraph examinations for specific groups of applicants. Certain veterans and law enforcement officers who have already passed a polygraph examination or stringent background investigation could be exempt from the polygraph requirement.

Rep. Chris Collins voted YES

Financial Regulation Restructuring – Vote Passed (233-186, 11 Not Voting)

Passage of the bill that would overhaul financial industry regulations and repeal many provisions of the 2010 financial regulatory overhaul law. It would convert the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into an executive agency funded by annual appropriations and would modify operations at the Federal Reserve and at the Securities and Exchange Commission. It would repeal the prohibition on banking entities engaging in proprietary trading and would modify regulations governing the amount of capital that banks are required to maintain.

Rep. Chris Collins voted YES

Upcoming Votes
Nomination of Kenneth Rapuano to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense – PN348

The Senate will vote on the nomination of Kenneth Rapuano to be an assistant secretary of Defense.

Iran Sanctions – S722

The bill would impose certain sanctions on Iran. Specifically, the president would be required to block the transactions of any person deemed to knowingly engage in activity contributing to an Iran ballistic missile or mass destruction program, that is related to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, that is responsible for human rights abuses, or that contributes to the arming of Iran.

Verify Eligibility for Health Care Tax Credits – HR2581

The bill would modify both current law and the American Health Care Act to prohibit the advance payment of health care premium tax credits to individuals unless the Treasury Department receives confirmation from the Health and Human Services or Homeland Securities departments that they have verified the individual’s status as a U.S. citizen or lawfully present alien.

VA Personnel Accountability – S1094

The bill would expand the ability of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and it would modify the appeals process to provide for the appeals of decisions by administrative judges.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits – HR1215

The bill would place limits on medical malpractice lawsuits in state and federal courts by limiting the amount of the award and the time in which a lawsuit must be initiated. The bill would cap noneconomic damages in lawsuits but does not limit economic damages or punitive damages.

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