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 (Feb. 4-8) in the House of Representatives:

Voted yes on the following bills:

H.R.450Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act of 2019
Provides a fine or imprisonment of up to five years for anyone who knowingly executes, or attempts to execute, any scheme to defraud an individual of veterans’ benefits.
02/07/2019 Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended: 417 – 0

H.R.507 – Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2019
Expresses sense of Congress regarding the expenditure of funds available for training and technical assistance under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. 02/07/2019 Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill: 414 – 1

H.R.840 – Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act
Provides financial assistance for child care services to eligible veterans in need of covered health care services from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
02/08/2019 Passed/agreed to in House by recorded vote: 400 – 9 (Roll no. 75).

H.R.831 – Reviving America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019
Requires the Secretary of Transportation to issue a request for nominations with respect to roads to be designated under the national scenic byways program.
02/06/2019 Passed/agreed to in House: 404 – 19 (Roll no. 66).

H.R.66 – Route 66 Centennial Commission Act
Establishes the Route 66 Centennial Commission and directs the Secretary of Transportation to prepare a plan on the preservation needs of Route 66.
02/06/2019 Passed/agreed to in House: 399 – 22

Sponsored the following bill:

H.R.1106To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide that individuals who naturalized under title III of that Act, who are affiliated with a criminal gang, are subject to revocation of citizenship. Introduced 2/7/2019

Cosponsored the following bills:

H.R.1072 To amend title 18, United States Code, to limit the authority of States and localities to regulate conduct, or impose penalties or taxes, in relation to rifles or shotguns. Introduced 2/7/2019 by Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27] 

H.R.969 To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to bring the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection into the regular appropriations process. Introduced 2/7/2019 by Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] 

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D) last week (Feb. 4-8) in the U.S. Senate:

Voted yes on the following questions:

Question: On the Motion to Table  Lankford Amendment No. 158  to S.Amdt. 111 to S. 47 (Natural Resources Management Act)) Motion passed 66-33
 
Question: On the Motion to Table  Lee Amendment No. 162 ) to S.Amdt. 111 to S. 47 (Natural Resources Management Act)) Motion passed 68-30

Voted no on the following bills:

S.Amdt. 65 to S. 1 (Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019) To express the sense of the Senate that the United States faces continuing threats from terrorist groups operating in Syria and Afghanistan and that the precipitous withdrawal of United States forces from either country could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security. Passed 70-26
 
 S. 1  as amended- Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019 A bill to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriation of funds to Israel, to reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, and to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, and for other purposes. Passed 77-23

Bills sponsored by Gillibrand:

S.373  – A bill to provide for the retention and service of transgender individuals in the Armed Forces. Introduced 02/07/2019 

S.347 A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 40 Fulton Street in Middletown, New York, as the “Benjamin A. Gilman Post Office Building”. Introduced 02/06/2019) 

Bills cosponsored by Gillibrand:

S.402 – A bill to plan, develop, and make recommendations to increase access to sexual assault examinations for survivors by holding hospitals accountable and supporting the providers that serve them. Introduced 02/07/2019 by Sen. Patty Murray [D-WA] 

S.401 – A bill to prohibit the research and development, production, and deployment of the Trident D5 low-yield nuclear warhead, and for other purposes. Introduced 02/07/2019 by Sen. Edward Markey [D-MA]

S.393  – A bill to amend title 28, United States Code, to provide for a code of conduct for justices and judges of the courts of the United States. Introduced 02/07/2019 by  Sen.Christopher Murphy [D-CT] 

S. 388 –  A bill to reduce the ability of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to engage in inappropriate civil immigration enforcement actions that harm unaccompanied alien children and to ensure the safety and welfare of unaccompanied alien children. Introduced 02/07/2019 by Sen. Kamala Harris  [D-CA]  

S. 378 – A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish an excise tax on certain prescription drugs which have been subject to a price spike, and for other purposes. Introduced 02/07/2019 by Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH]

S. 368  – A bill to prohibit the application of certain restrictive eligibility requirements to foreign nongovernmental organizations with respect to the provision of assistance under part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. Introduced 02/07/2019 by Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]

S. 367 – A bill to provide for the administration of certain national monuments, to establish a National Monument Enhancement Fund, and to establish certain wilderness areas in the States of New Mexico and Nevada. Introduced 02/07/2019 by Sen.Tom Udall [D-NM]

S. 358 – A bill to amend title 13, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Commerce to provide advance notice to Congress before changing any questions on the decennial census. Introduced 02/06/2019 by Sen.Brian Schatz, [D-HI]

S. 345 – A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to increase survivors benefits for disabled widows, widowers, and surviving divorced spouses. Introduced 02/06/2019 by Sen.Robert Casey Jr. [D-PA]

S. 338 – A bill to amend the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 to require the development of ethics plans for certain transition teams. Introduced 02/05/2019 by Sen. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA]

S. 331 – A bill to amend the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 to modify the exemptions from certain disclosure requirements. Introduced 02/05/2019 by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto [D-NV]

S. 320 – A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to require federally licensed firearms importers, manufacturers, and dealers to meet certain requirements with respect to securing their firearms inventory, business records, and business premises. Introduced 02/04/2019 by Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] 

Bills cosponsored by Schumer:

S. 348 – A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions, and for other purposes. Introduced 02/06/2019 by Sen.Robert Menendez [D-NJ]

S. 347 –  A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 40 Fulton Street in Middletown, New York, as the “Benjamin A. Gilman Post Office Building”. Introduced 02/06/2019) by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY]

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