Below you will find explanations of my stance on votes of final passage for bills, resolutions, and resolutions under the Congressional Review Act. Bills considered under the “suspension of the rules,” which are generally non-controversial measures, are not included here.

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  • June 19 - June 23, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs, Environment

    H.R. 1873 – Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act Under current Federal law, it can take an extended period of time for utilities to receive the appropriate authorization to clear brush and trees from transmission right of ways. As a result, transmission right of ways are at a higher risk of fire because of overgrown vegetation. This bill changes federal law to help standardize and streamline the approval process to allow utilities to better manage the areas around their transmission... Read more

  • June 12 - June 16, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on June 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Veterans

    H.R.2581 - Verify First Act Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump, have stated that illegal immigrants should not have access to premium assistance or tax credits for health insurance. I have great sympathy for those who seek to better their lives, but if you chose to enter this country, it must be done legally. For this reason, I voted for the Verify First Act, to ensure that those receiving valuable premium support or health care tax cred... Read more

  • June 5 - June 9, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on June 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Immigration

    H.R.2213 - Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017 This bill allows Customs and Border Protection to waive their required pre-employment polygraph exam for candidates who have served in law enforcement and previously passed polygraphs, federal law enforcement officers with three years’ experience, and those who have served in the armed forces for at least three years. As CBP is currently understaffed below its Congressional mandated levels, I voted in favor of this bill which aims to... Read more

  • May 22 - May 26, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on May 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    H.R.1761 - Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act Our children are our future and it is our responsibility to guide, teach, and most importantly, protect them. It is also imperative that as a society we hold those who do harm to our children accountable. In our current criminal code exists a loophole that has allowed charges against child pornographers to be dropped due to a technicality surrounding intent to produce child pornography before sexually abusing a child. I voted in favor of the ... Read more

  • May 15 - May 19, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on May 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    H.R.115 - Thin Blue Line Act Those who target our first responders with intent to kill are among the most evil individuals on earth. They deserve to feel the full force of the law during sentencing. Currently, killing a first responder or local law enforcement officer is not an aggravating factor when judges are considering the death penalty. This week I voted for the Thin Blue Line Act, which toughens penalties, changes oversight and brings local officers and first responders under the protect... Read more

  • May 1 - May 5, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on May 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: ACA, Economy and Jobs

    H.R. 1180 – Working Families Flexibility Act The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) established the foundation for workplace standards such as minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. The FLSA directs that employees who are covered by the act must be compensated one and one half times the employees regular rate of hourly pay for any time worked beyond the standard 40 hour workweek. For private sector employees, this pay can only be received in the form of cash wages. However, state and ... Read more

  • April 24-28, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on April 28, 2017 | Preview rr

    H.R. 1695 – Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 Congress often relies upon the United States Copyright Office to provide important policy research and assistance. This office is overseen by the Register of Copyrights. This legislation provides more transparency and accountability in the process to nominate and select a Register of Copyrights. This new approach is in line with my efforts to make government more open and more thoughtful. For this reason, I supported thi... Read more

  • April 3-7, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on April 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: ACA, Economy and Jobs

    H.R. 1219 – Supporting America’s Innovators Act of 2017 Small businesses and start-ups are essential to our entrepreneurial culture. These companies provide jobs and economic growth throughout the United States, especially in Upstate New York. It is our responsibility to encourage an economic environment that allows these entrepreneurs the opportunity to succeed in their ventures. Access to capital is one of the most important elements in operating, expanding and starting a business. For this re... Read more

  • March 27-31, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on March 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    S.J.Res. 34 – Providing for congressional disapproval under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services Internet privacy is a growing concern both in our district and across the country. Consumers have the right to control their private information and how that information is disseminated. For this reason, I voted against S.J. Res. 34 whi... Read more

  • March 20-24, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on March 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: ACA

    H.R. 372 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 Congress holds the power to regulate insurance under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. In 1945, Congress used this power to limit the scope of antitrust laws to exempt health insurance issuers and preserve the state authority on insurance. By allowing insurers to play by their own rules, we open up the insurance market for increased premiums and decreased choice. I voted in favor of H.R. 372 which levels the playing field, applyin... Read more

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