Town Hall NY 21st Congressional District (Rep. Elise Stefanik Absent) - This non-partisan town hall event was created by citizens of NY District 21 who wish to have an open and honest face-to-face meeting with Rep. Elise Stefanik. While our Congresswoman has held many small meetings behind closed doors and tele-town halls, we would like to open up the opportunity for her to meet in a public forum where an active back and forth dialogue is more possible, and where she must go on record with her views. (April 15, 2017)
NY21 Community Forum in Lyons Falls, NY (April 18, 2017)
NYS 21 Community Forum in Johnstown, NY (April 24, 2017)
Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure - Vote Passed (254-175, 4 Not Voting) - The House passed the bill that would establish a new system for the approval and permitting of border-crossing oil and gas pipelines and electrical transmission lines. The bill would require sponsors of border-crossing oil pipelines and electricity transmission facilities that cross the U.S. borders into Canada and Mexico to receive a "certificate of crossing" from the relevant federal agency in order to build or modify their projects.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Agency Coordinating Authority - Vote Passed (248-179, 6 Not Voting) - The House passed the bill that would establish the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as the sole lead agency for the permitting of proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines.
King Cove Land Exchange - Vote Passed (248-179, 6 Not Voting) - The House passed the bill that would require the Interior Department to convey to the state of Alaska, if requested, 206 acres of federal land within the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and Izembek Wilderness for the purpose of constructing a single-lane gravel road between the towns of King Cove and Cold Bay, Alaska.
California Drought Prevention - Vote Passed (230-190, 13 Not Voting) - The House passed the bill that would require the Interior Department to take certain actions to increase the availability of water for agricultural and other purposes in California's Central Valley, including a requirement that the maximum amount of water practicable would have to be provided to all individuals or districts that receive water through the Central Valley Project.
Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization - Vote Passed (344-81, 8 Not Voting) - The House passed the bill that would authorize $688.3 billion in discretionary funding for defense programs in fiscal 2018. The total would include $74.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations funds, of which $10 billion would be used for non-war, base defense budget needs; $239.7 billion for operations and maintenance; $10.2 billion for military construction; $142.9 billion for military personnel; and $33.9 billion for defense health care programs. It would authorize $12.5 billion for procurement of F-35 planes, research and development, as well as modifications to existing aircraft, and would prohibit the retirement of the A-10 bomber fleet.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitation - Vote Passed (218-210, 6 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would limit to $250,000 the non-economic damages that can be awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit in which the plaintiff's health care was paid for in whole or in part via a federal program, subsidy or tax benefit, and would establish a statute of limitations for initiating such lawsuits of either three years following the plaintiff's injury, or one year after the plaintiff discovers such injury, whichever occurs first.
Immigration Law Enforcement Compliance - Vote Passed (228-195, 10 Not Voting) - The House passed a measure that would prohibit federal, state and local governments from restricting any federal, state, or local government entity or official from complying with immigration laws or from assisting federal law enforcement entities or officials in their enforcement of such laws.
Criminal Undocumented Immigrants Sentencing Guidelines - Vote Passed (257-167, 9 Not Voting) - The House passed legislation that would establish specific possible fines and prison sentences for undocumented immigrants convicted of certain criminal offenses and who illegally return to the United States despite having been previously deported or otherwise excluded from the country.
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.
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.
Pesticides Regulations - Vote Passed (256-165, 9 Not Voting) - The bill would generally prohibit EPA and states from requiring that entities applying pesticides near navigable waters must first obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act, if the application is authorized under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Prosecution of Child Pornography - Vote Passed (368-51, 11 Not Voting) - The bill would make the production of child pornography a crime whenever a minor is engaged in sexually explicit conduct, regardless of whether the conduct was initiated for the purposes of producing such content.
Child Abuse Reporting - Vote Passed (415-3, 12 Not Voting) - The bill would require adults authorized to interact with minors or amateur athletes to report any suspected incidents of child abuse, including sexual abuse, to the sport's governing body, and it would allow victims of abuse to seek damages in court.
Death Sentence Aggravating Factor Expansion - Vote Passed (271-143, 16 Not Voting) - Passage of the bill that would require courts and juries to consider if a defendant killed or attempted to kill a state law enforcement officer, local law enforcement officer or first responder as an aggravating factor when determining whether to impose the death sentence on a defendant.
Probation Officer Arrest Authority - Vote Passed (229-177, 24 Not Voting) - Passage of the bill that would permit federal probation officers to arrest a third party individual without first obtaining a warrant when conducting activities related to an individual on probation or supervised release.
Fiscal 2017 Omnibus Appropriations - Vote Passed (309-118, 4 Not Voting) - Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., motion to concur in the Senate amendments to the bill with an amendment that would provide $1.16 trillion in discretionary appropriations through Sept. 30, 2017 for federal departments and agencies covered by the remaining 11 fiscal 2017 spending bills.
Health Care Overhaul - Vote Passed (217-213, 1 Not Voting) - Passage of the bill that would make extensive changes to the 2010 health care overhaul law, by effectively repealing the individual and employer mandates as well as most of the taxes that finance the current system.
Register of Copyrights - Vote Passed (378-48, 4 Not Voting) - The bill would require the U.S. Copyright Office's Register of Copyrights be recommended by a select panel, nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. It would limit a Register of Copyrights' term to 10 years.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Oversight - Vote Passed (425-0, 5 Not Voting) - The bill that would require that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac comply with the agency requirements of the Freedom of Information Act while they are under the conservatorship of the federal government.
Short-Term Fiscal 2017 Continuing Appropriations - Vote Passed (382-30, 18 Not Voting) - The joint resolution would extend continuing appropriations for federal government operations through May 5, 2017. It also would provide for an extension, through May 5, of health care benefits for retired coal miners.
VA Personnel Accountability - Vote Passed (237-178, 14 Not Voting) - The bill would provide the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) with additional tools to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and would modify the appeals process to provide for the appeals of decisions by administrative law judges. It also would include provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorize the department to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, and allow the pensions of VA employees to be reduced if convicted of certain felonies.
Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns - Vote Passed (240-175, 14 Not Voting) - The bill would clarify the conditions under which individuals who receive federal benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) may be declared mentally incompetent for purposes of being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and thereby prevented from purchasing guns or ammunition - requiring that an affirmative declaration be made by a judge that the person is dangerous.
VA Medical Professional Staffing - Vote Passed (412-0, 17 Not Voting) - The bill would establish new staffing, recruitment and retention programs at the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to enable the VA to help recruit and retain a strong medical professional workforce. It would create a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at the VA, provide for additional opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and establish a promotional track for technical experts. It also would require the department to train human resources employees in recruitment and retention methods.
Review Federal Regulations for Repeal - Vote Passed (240-185, 4 Not Voting) - The measure would establish a commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be repealed in order to reduce costs on the U.S. economy -- including those that should be repealed immediately and those that should be repealed over time through a new regulatory "cut-go" system under which agencies could not issue new rules unless the cost of a new rule was offset by repealing existing rules identified by the commission.
OMB Regulatory Oversight - Vote Passed (241-184, 4 Not Voting) - The bill would require proposed rules by federal departments and agencies, including independent agencies, to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and it would direct OIRA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of significant regulatory actions and to ensure that proposed rules are consistent with applicable law and that regulations do not conflict.
Disapprove OSHA Record-Keeping Rule - Vote Passed (231-191, 7 Not Voting) - The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 19, 2016, that extends to five years the period for which OSHA can cite an employer for failing to officially record a workplace injury or illness.
Disclose Agency Rule-Making Communications - Vote Passed (246-176, 7 Not Voting) - The bill would require each federal agency to maintain an online searchable list of its regulatory actions and all public communications it makes regarding those regulatory actions. It also would prohibit agencies from soliciting support for, or promoting, its regulatory actions.
Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations - Vote Passed (371-48, 10 Not Voting) - The legislation would provide full-year appropriations for Defense Department programs and activities for fiscal 2017, providing $577.9 billion in discretionary spending, $5.2 billion more than fiscal 2016. It would include $516.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $61.8 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations war and anti-terror funding.
Class Action Litigation - Vote Passed (220-201, 1 Present, 7 Not Voting) - The bill would prohibit federal courts from certifying proposed classes of individuals for a class-action lawsuit unless each member of the class has suffered the same type and degree of injury, and it would require quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.
Civil Litigation Jurisdiction - Vote Passed (224-194, 11 Not Voting) - The bill would establish national standards under which federal courts, when considering whether to remand back to state court a lawsuit against an out-of-state entity, must deny that motion and have the case decided in federal court because it determines that an in-state co-defendant should not have been joined to the case.
Penalties for Frivolous Lawsuits - Vote Passed (230-188, 11 Not Voting) - The bill would modify federal rules governing civil lawsuits to require federal courts to impose sanctions on parties that violate the existing prohibition on the filing of frivolous lawsuits, with such sanctions to include monetary penalties to cover the other party's attorneys' fees and other costs.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule - Vote Passed (234-186, 12 Not Voting) - The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 12, 2016, which modified the process under which BLM develops plans for the use of the public lands it manages, including by considering a wider variety of issues and possible impacts.
Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule - Vote Passed (234-190, 8 Not Voting) - The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Nov. 29, 2016 which addresses implementation of a state's accountability systems when receiving federal education funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA). Among other things, the rule requires states to identify low-performing schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and requires that each state's statewide plan use multiple indicators of student success that are the same for all public schools (including charter schools).
Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule - Vote Passed (240-181, 11 Not Voting) - The joint resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Education Department on Oct. 31, 2016, relating to teacher preparation programs that require states to annually evaluate the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs at institutions of higher education and to publicly report this information, including the job placement and retention rates of graduates.
Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule - Vote Passed (235-187, 10 Not Voting) - The measure would disapprove of the 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 Stream Buffer Rule - Vote Passed (228-194, 10 Not Voting) - The bill would disapprove 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 Labor Law Rule - Vote Passed (236-187, 9 Not Voting) - The bill would disapprove 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 Instant Criminal Background Check Rule - Vote Passed (235-180, 17 Not Voting) - The bill 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.
Disapprove BLM Methane Rule - Vote Passed (221-191, 20 Not Voting) - The bill would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule issued last November that requires oil and gas producers to implement measures that reduce natural gas waste.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Objecting to the United Nations Security Council Resolution Vote 2334 Concerning Israeli-Palestinian Peace - Vote Passed (342-80, 4 Present, 7 Not Voting) - The House agreed to this resolution which would express the sense of the House that the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which criticized Israel for its continued expansion of settlements in occupied territories, and which the United States abstained from vetoing in the Security Council, undermined the long-standing position of the United States to oppose and veto U.N. Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to Israeli-Palestinian final status issues, or that are one-sided and anti-Israel.
Executive Regulations - Vote Passed (237-187, 9 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that would modify the federal rule-making process by preventing "major rules", those generally having an annual economic impact greater than $100 million, from being implemented unless Congress enacts legislation approving them.
Midnight Rules - Vote Passed (238-184, 11 Not Voting) - The House passed legislation that would permit a new Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to disapprove, en bloc, multiple regulations issued by a president in his final year in office, rather than just a single regulation at a time for rules issued during the final 60 session days of the previous Congress.
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