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In Congress: Actions taken by our federal lawmakers last week

U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Bossi

Here’s a summary of actions taken by federal lawmakers representing the local community in Washington, D.C. during the week just ended. Source: Congress.gov website.

First Congressional District Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) last week (Jan. 28 – Feb. 1) in the House of Representatives:

Voted yes on the following bills:

HR 624 Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act
Requires the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out a study of Rule 10b5–1 trading plans, and for other purposes.
Passed 413-3
Zeldin: Yes

HR 502  Fight Illicit Networks and Detect Trafficking Act
Requires the Comptroller General of the United States to carry out a study on how virtual currencies and online marketplaces are used to buy, sell, or facilitate the financing of goods or services associated with sex trafficking or drug trafficking, and for other purposes.
Passed: 412-3
Zeldin: Yes

HR 428  Homeland Security Assessment of Terrorists’ Use of Virtual Currencies Act
Directs the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis to develop and disseminate a threat assessment regarding terrorist use of virtual currency.
Passed 422-3
Zeldin: Yes

H R 449 Pathways to Improving Homeland Security at the Local Level Act
Directs the Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement to produce and disseminate an annual catalog on Department of Homeland Security training, publications, programs, and services for State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, and for other purposes.
Passed 412-12
Zeldin: Yes

HR 769 Counterterrorism Advisory Board Act
Establishes in the Department of Homeland Security a board to coordinate and integrate DHS’s intelligence, activities, and policy related to its counterterrorism mission and functions. The board shall: (1) advise the Secretary of DHS on the issuance of terrorism alerts, and (2) meet on a regular basis to discuss intelligence and coordinate ongoing threat mitigation efforts and departmental activities.
Passed 414-12
Zeldin: Yes

HR 790  Question: On Motion to Recommit: Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act
Failed 216-206
Zeldin: Yes

HR 790 Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act
Providing a 2.6 percent pay increase for calendar year 2019
Passed 259-161
Zeldin: Yes

Voted no on the following bills:

H Res 77 Expressing the sense of Congress that financial institutions and other companies should work proactively with their customers affected by the shutdown of the Federal Government who may be facing short-term financial hardship and long-term damage to their creditworthiness through no fault of their own
Passed: 240-176
Zeldin: No

HR 79  Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Government shutdowns are detrimental to the Nation and should not occur
Passed 249-163
Zeldin: No

Sponsored the following bills:

H.R.829 To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1450 Montauk Highway in Mastic, New York, as the “Army Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth Post Office Building

H.R.828 To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 25 Route 111 in Smithtown, New York, as the “Congressman Bill Carney Post Office”

Cosponsored the following bills:

HR 919 To amend title 40, United States Code, to direct the Administrator of General Services to incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features into public buildings, and for other purposes.

HR 906 To award a Congressional gold medal to the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), commonly known as “Merrill’s Marauders”, in recognition of their bravery and outstanding service in the jungles of Burma during World War II.

HR 874 To amend title 28, United States Code, to prohibit the exclusion of individuals from service on a federal jury on account of sexual orientation or gender identity.

HR 850 To require the appropriation of funds to use a fee, fine, penalty, or proceeds from a settlement received by a federal agency, and for other purposes.

HR 847 To provide interim appropriations for the Coast Guard Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection and Survivor Benefits Plans for each fiscal year after fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes.

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D) (Jan. 28 – Feb. 1) 

Schumer cosponsored:
S 270 A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.

S Res 39 A resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the American Farm Bureau Federation and celebrating the long history of the American Farm Bureau Federation representing the farmers of the United States.

Gillibrand cosponsored:

S.238 A bill to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to monitor and combat anti-Semitism globally, and for other purposes.

S.246 A bill to block the implementation of certain presidential actions that restrict individuals from certain countries from entering the United States.

S.250 A bill to amend title 28, United States Code, to prohibit the exclusion of individuals from service on a Federal jury on account of sexual orientation or gender identity.

S.262 A bill to provide for a pay increase in 2019 for certain civilian employees of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.

S.266 A bill to provide for the long-term improvement of public school facilities, and for other purposes.

S.270 A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.

S.292 A bill to limit the separation of families at or near ports of entry.

S.312 A bill to prevent a nuclear arms race resulting from weakened international restrictions on the proliferation of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles, and for other purposes.

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