Second Session - 114th Congress: 2016 Votes
by Rep. Elise Stefanik


Updated: October 1, 2016

Index:


Judicial Deference in Rule-Making – Passage - Vote Passed (240-171, 22 Not Voting) - The bill effectively overturns two Supreme Court decisions that require courts to give substantial deference to an agency’s interpretation of the law it is implementing and to its own interpretation of regulations.

Prohibit Purchase of Heavy Water from Iran – Passage - Vote Passed (249-176, 8 Not Voting) - The bill prohibits federal funds from being used to purchase heavy water (a byproduct of nuclear fuel processing) from Iran, or to issue licenses to purchase heavy water.

Abortion Conscience Rights – Passage - Vote Passed (245-182, 6 Not Voting) - The bill prohibits the federal government, as well as state and local governments, from penalizing, retaliating against or otherwise discriminating against a health care provider because the provider does not provide or sponsor abortion coverage. It provides for a complaint process and civil actions for any violations through the Health and Human Services and Justice departments.

Labeling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods – Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to the House Amendment to the Bill - Vote Passed (306-117, 10 Not Voting) - The bill establishes the nation's first mandatory requirements for food companies to label genetically modified food products. The measure directs the Agriculture Department to create within two years regulations for determining which foods qualify for labeling as genetically modified. The proposal offers food companies the option of on-label disclosure, the use of a symbol developed by the Agriculture Department or electronic bar codes that consumers can scan with their smart phones.

Iran Sanctions – Passage - Vote Passed (246-179, 8 Not Voting) - The bill generally expands and strengthens existing sanctions against Iran related to its ballistic-missile program, support for international terrorism and its ongoing record of human rights abuses against its own population. Specifically, the measure requires that the president apply terrorism sanctions to the Revolutionary Guards within 120 days of enactment, rather than giving him the discretion available under current law.

Fiscal 2017 Interior Appropriations – Passage - Vote Passed (231-196, 6 Not Voting) - The measure provides a total of $32.1 billion in net discretionary spending subject to budget caps. It increases funding for the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service but cuts funding for EPA, the Bureau of Land Management, Office of Surface Mining and the Fish and Wildlife Service. It includes numerous policy provisions including those to prohibit EPA from limiting greenhouse gas emissions for new and existing power plants, limits methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and regulates air emissions from offshore operations.

Bar Iran from U.S. Financial System – Passage - Vote Passed (246-181, 6 Not Voting) - The bill codifies existing regulations that prohibit the administration from allowing the U.S. dollar to be used to facilitate trade transactions with Iran, and it upholds Iran's designation as a "primary money-laundering concern." The prohibition covers direct dollar transactions and "work-arounds," including dollar-clearing, dollar-based conversions and dollar-related foreign currency transactions.

Veto Override on Fiduciary Rule – Passage - Vote Failed (239-180, 15 Not Voting) - The House voted on overriding the president's veto of legislation that disapproved of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule. The resolution disapproved the rule issued by the Labor Department on April 8, 2016, commonly known as the fiduciary rule on retirement investment advice, that subjects broker-dealers who oversee retirement investments to the fiduciary standard under which they must provide investment advice that is in the best interest of the investor "without regard to the financial or other interests" of the financial institution, adviser or other party. A two-thirds vote of both chambers is needed to override a veto.

IRS and Free Speech – Passage - Vote Passed (240-182, 12 Not Voting) - The bill prohibits the Treasury Department from requiring that the identity of most contributors to 501(c) tax-exempt organizations be included in annual returns, regardless of the size of the contribution — a restriction that would apply to donors to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.

Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations – Passage - Vote Passed (282-138, 14 Not Voting) - The measure provides $575.7 billion in discretionary defense spending, including $517.1 billion subject to spending caps for fiscal 2017 and $58.6 billion in uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Ozone Standards – Passage - Vote Passed (234-177, 22 Not Voting) - The measure extends for eight years EPA's deadlines for implementing its new air pollution standards for ground-level ozone so they wouldn't have to be implemented until 2025, rather than 2017, and it modifies the general process by which EPA develops National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and other pollutants, including by requiring reviews of pollutant standards every 10 years rather than every five years.

Puerto Rico Aid – Passage - Vote Passed (297-127, 11 Not Voting) - The bill establishes entities and procedures for Puerto Rico to address its current fiscal crisis, including creation of a financial oversight board to oversee and manage the finances of the U.S. territory and a process under which the island's outstanding debt could be restructured.

Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage - Vote Passed (233-175, 26 Not Voting) - The bill provides a total of $3.5 billion for operations of the House of Representatives, joint House-Senate items and legislative branch entities such as the Library of Congress, the Capitol Police, Government Accountability Office and Government Publishing Office. It continues to freeze the pay of lawmakers.

Zika Vector Control – Passage - Vote Passed (258-156, 19 Not Voting) - The bill temporarily modifies the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to prohibit the EPA or a state government from requiring a permit for the use of registered pesticides near navigable waters. It also temporarily alters the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to prohibit the EPA and states from requiring permits for the point source use of a pesticide, or the residue resulting from the use of a pesticide, that is registered under FIFRA.

Clarifying Congressional Intent in Providing for District of Columbia Home Rule – Passage - Vote Passed (240-179, 14 Not Voting) - The measure repeals the District of Columbia law that modified D.C.'s home rule charter to allow locally generated funds to be spent without congressional approval, and it modifies the 1973 D.C. Home Rule Act to further specify that all city funding is subject to Congress' annually appropriations process. It also alters the 1973 law to specify that the District has no authority to change the District's budget process as it relates to congressional review and approval.

Energy Policy Overhaul – Passage - Vote Passed (241-178, 14 Not Voting) - The bill includes all or parts of 37 House-passed measures including legislation that promote the accelerated development and construction of natural gas pipelines and hydropower projects by increasing the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, require the agency to set hard deadlines for environmental reviews and permitting, and require the designation of at least 10 corridors across federal lands in the Eastern U.S. where pipelines could be built.

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Federal Contractors and Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Vote Agreed to (223-195, 15 Not Voting) - The amendment bars federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. However, the amendment could not violate certain portions of the Constitution.

Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Passage - Vote Failed (112-305, 16 Not Voting) - The bill provides a total of $37.4 billion in funding subject to discretionary caps for fiscal 2017 for the Energy Department and federal water projects. The bill appropriates $6.1 billion in new funding for civil projects of the Army Corps of Engineers. It provides $12.9 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration and almost $6.2 billion for environmental management activities. It also bars the use of funds in the bill to close the Yucca Mountain license application, or to irrevocably remove Yucca Mountain as an option for repository.

Fiscal 2016 Zika Response Appropriations – Passage - Vote Passed (241-184, 8 Not Voting) The bill provides $622 million in supplemental funds to activities to deal with the Zika virus including $503 million in domestic funding and $119 million in international funding — with the cost of that funding being fully offset. The measure rescinds $352 million originally allocated to fight the Ebola virus along with rescinding $270 million in Department of Health and Human Services administrative funding.

Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization – Passage - Vote Passed (277-147, 9 Not Voting) - The bill authorizes $602.2 billion for discretionary defense spending in fiscal 2017, including $543.4 billion for the Pentagon's base, non-war budget that is subject to spending caps. It also includes $58.8 billion for uncapped Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for war operations and other anti-terror activities but provides that $23.1 billion of that total be used for non-war, base defense budget needs, including $18 billion for aircraft, ships and other items.

Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Federal Contractors and Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Vote Failed (212-213, 8 Not Voting) - The amendment would have barred federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

Fiscal 2017 Military-Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage - Vote Passed (295-129, 9 Not Voting) - The measure provides a total of $81.5 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal 2017 to fund military construction projects and programs of the Veterans Affairs Department and provides $102.5 billion in mandatory spending for fiscal 2017 and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force – Passage - Vote Passed (412-4, 17 Not Voting) The House passed legislation that establishes a Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force to review, modify and update medical best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication.

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction – Passage - Vote Passed (413-5, 15 Not Voting) - The chamber passed a measure that creates two new grant programs in the Justice Department to assist in combating opioid abuse: one to state, local and tribal governments that could be used for a variety of opioid abuse reduction programs and activities and one to assist veterans suffering from opioid abuse.

Comprehensive Anti-Opioid Efforts – House Amendment to the Senate-Passed Bill - Vote Passed (400-5, 28 Not Voting) The House passed legislation, as amended, that includes 18 bills previously passed by the chamber. Among other items, it establishes two grant programs to create state systems under which physicians and others who prescribe opioids to patients would at the same time prescribe opioid overdose reversal drugs to those patients thought to be at an elevated risk of overdose. It also creates a grant program to create state systems under which trained pharmacists may dispense reversal drugs to opioid users or families of those at risk of an overdose and authorizes $5 million through fiscal 2019 for those grants.

Private Market Investors – Passage - Vote Passed (325-89, 19 Not Voting) - The House passed legislation that expands 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.

Block Fiduciary Rule – Passage - Vote Passed (234-183, 16 Not Voting) - The House passed joint resolution that disapproves the rule issued by the Labor Department on April 8, 2016, commonly known as the fiduciary rule on retirement investment advice, that subjects broker-dealers who oversee such investments to the fiduciary standard and stipulates what types of activities and communications would give rise to fiduciary investment advice responsibilities.

Washington D.C. School Vouchers – Passage - Vote Passed (224-181, 28 Not Voting) - The chamber passed a measure that reauthorizes for five years, through fiscal 2021, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results program, under which federal funding is provided to eligible students in Washington, D.C., to allow them to attend private schools, and modifies the program to provide for greater student participation and mandates greater accountability by the private schools that participate in the program.

IRS Hiring – Passage - Vote Passed (254-170, 9 Not Voting) - The chamber passed a measure which prohibits the IRS from hiring any new employees until the Treasury Department certifies that no IRS worker has serious tax delinquencies. The measure defines such delinquency as an outstanding debt under the Internal Revenue Code for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records.

IRS Oversight and User Fees - Passage - Vote Passed (245-179, 9 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill which makes Internal Revenue Service spending of the user fees it collects subject to the annual appropriations process, thereby blocking the IRS from spending collected user fees unless Congress provides for such spending in appropriations acts. This restriction would apply to all IRS user fees collected after the date of enactment.

Bar IRS from Rehiring Certain Employees – Passage - Vote Passed (260-158, 15 Not Voting) - The House passed a measure which prohibits the IRS from rehiring former employees who were previously removed or terminated for misconduct. It would apply with respect to any IRS employee removed at any time (before, on or after the date of enactment.)

Financial Stability Oversight Council Overhaul – Passage - Vote Passed (239-179, 15 Not Voting) - The bill modifies the funding of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Office of Financial Research by making that funding subject to the annual appropriations process, beginning in fiscal 2017. The annual assessments made on bank holding companies and designated nonbank institutions to raise funding to finance the two entities would continue.

More Banks Operating Under the Federal Reserve’s Small Bank Holding Company Policy – Passage - Vote Passed (247-171, 15 Not Voting) - The measure requires the Federal Reserve Board to modify its Small Bank Holding Company Policy Statement to allow bank and thrift holding companies with assets of up to $5 billion to operate under the policy, up from the current limit of $1 billion.

Broadband Internet Access Regulation – Passage - Vote Passed (241-173, 19 Not Voting) -The measure prohibits the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the rates that Internet service providers may charge for broadband Internet service.

Air Pollution – Passage - Vote Passed (231-183, 19 Not Voting) - The measure establishes separate standards under which electricity-generating power plants that primarily use waste coal as a fuel source could comply with EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Rule, by blocking reductions in emissions allowances for sulfur dioxide as it relates to the rule and by setting an alternative standard for sulfur dioxide under the rule.

Small Business Broadband Deployment – Passage - Vote Passed (411-0, 22 Not Voting) - The bill exempts, for a period of five years after enactment, small-business broadband Internet access providers that have 250,000 or fewer subscribers from the enhanced disclosure requirements of the Federal Communications Commission 2015 net neutrality rule.

Authorize House Amicus Brief for Supreme Court Immigration Case – Adoption - Vote Passed (234-186, 14 Not Voting) - The measure authorizes the Speaker of the House to file as amicus curiae in the Supreme Court on behalf of the House of Representatives regarding the case United States, et al. v. Texas, et al., in support of the position that the Obama administration in that immigration case acted in a manner that is inconsistent with its duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Ensuring Terminated Providers are Removed from Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program – Passage - Vote Passed (406-0, 27 Not Voting) - The bill requires states to notify the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department of health care providers who are terminated from the state's Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) program because of fraud or other "for cause" reasons, and for HHS to maintain a database of providers terminated from a state Medicaid or CHIP program or the federal Medicare program in order to prevent such providers from participating in another state's Medicaid program.

Regulatory Action and Kilns – Passage - Vote Passed (238-163, 32 Not Voting) - The measure delays, until after all judicial reviews are completed, new EPA rules that set national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants for the manufacturing of brick and structural clay products or clay ceramics. This delay applies only for those existing legal actions filed within 60 days of when EPA's rule was published in the Federal Register.

Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement – Passage - Vote Passed (242-161, 30 Not Voting) - The chamber passed a bill which provides that Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service public lands are to be considered open for recreational hunting, fishing, shooting or similar activities; it allows individuals to carry firearms at Army Corps of Engineers recreational areas; it limits the authority of the EPA to regulate bullets, angling lures and other hunting equipment for toxic substances; and it increases federal funding for states to set up public shooting ranges on public lands.

Fraudulent Joinder Prevention – Passage - Vote Passed (229-189, 15 Not Voting) - The House passed legislation that establishes new standards in federal diversity jurisdiction proceedings for determining whether a defendant has been fraudulently joined to a lawsuit — which if determined to be the case would require that the lawsuit be heard in federal court rather than being returned to state court.

Affordable Housing - Passage - Vote Passed (427-0, 6 Not Voting) - The measure makes changes to various housing laws to try to extend affordable housing options to more low-income families. The measure allows Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and the owners of private subsidized housing to verify the income-based eligibility of families through other needs-tested federal programs; changes requirements regarding the inspection of housing units and eases Federal Housing Authority (FHA) requirements for mortgage insurance for condominiums.

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation - Presidential Veto Override - Vote Failed (241-186, 6 Not Voting) - The House voted to attempt to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation that would have repealed or significantly modified numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law. Two-thirds of those members present and voting yes were needed to override the veto.

Iran Sanctions - Passage - Vote Passed (246-181, 6 Not Voting) - The bill restricts the president's ability to lift sanctions on Iranian and other financial institutions as called for by the Iran Nuclear agreement, by allowing sanctions to be lifted only if the president certifies that the institutions have not knowingly helped fund Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards, foreign terrorist organizations and other entities sanctioned in connection with Iran's weapons of mass destruction or ballistic missile programs.

Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies - Passage - Vote Passed (265-159, 9 Not Voting) - The bill requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to conduct reviews of its existing regulations to determine whether any are outmoded, ineffective or excessively burdensome, and to modify or repeal rules based on those reviews.

Delay Mountaintop Mining Valley Fill Rules -- Passage - Vote Passed (235-188, 10 Not Voting) - The House passed a bill that prevents the Interior Department's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) from issuing any final rules related to coal mining activities near streams, including updating a stream buffer zones (SBZ) rule, until after the National Academy of Sciences submits a study on the effectiveness of existing rules in effect - effectively delaying any new or revised SBZ rules for at least three years.

Disapprove "Waters of the United States" Rule -- Passage - Vote Passed (253-166, 14 Not Voting) - The chamber passed a joint resolution which disapproves of the rule issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on June 29, 2015, commonly known as the "waters of the United States" rule that seeks to clarify the federal government's authority to regulate certain intrastate waters under the Clean Water Act, providing that the rule will have no force or effect.

Review Federal Regulations for Repeal -- Passage - Vote Passed (245-174, 14 Not Voting) - The bill establishes a nine-member 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 immediately repealed 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.

Class-Action Litigation -- Passage - Vote Passed (211-188, 1 Present, 33 Not Voting) - The bill prohibits 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 requires quarterly reports by asbestos trusts of claims made against the trusts and any payouts made by the trusts for asbestos-related injuries.

Health Care Repeal Reconciliation -- Adoption - Vote Passed (240-181, 13 Not Voting) - The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the original House bill. The final version repeals or significantly modifies numerous major provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law, including the individual and employer mandates, tax subsidies for individuals to purchase health insurance from exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid and the Prevention and Public Health Fund. It also effectively eliminates more than a dozen taxes included in the law, including the medical device tax, the "Cadillac" tax on high-cost health plans, the net investment tax and the additional Medicare tax, and it blocks federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and provides alternative women's health funding for community health centers.

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