Report Card. The last 2 years with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Repeal of protections for borrowers from discriminatory markups on auto loans
Stops auto lenders from charging the consumer a different rate than what is provided from the bank / finance company.
Rolling back some bank regulations put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act
Amends the Truth in Lending Act to allow institutions with less than $10 billion in assets to waive ability-to-repay requirements for certain residential-mortgage loans. This would open the door for the subprime lending that led to the 2008 real estate market collapse.
White house immigration proposal
1. Establishes a Border Security Enforcement Fund of $7.64 Billion to include increased protection at the border and building physical barriers (a wall).
2. Extends DACA protection
Department of Defense Appropriations Act
Directs the Department of Justice to establish a program to provide national criminal history background checks and criminal history reviews for individuals who apply to work or volunteer at organizations that serve children, elderly adults, or individuals with disabilities.
Banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.
All government funding extensions
1. Extension of government funding for three weeks, ending the shutdown
2. Extension of government funding for four weeks
3. Extension of government funding for two weeks
Reauthorizing warrantless spying program as part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
This bill amends the DNA Identification Act of 1994 to require the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to issue standards and procedures for using Rapid DNA instruments to analyze DNA samples of criminal offenders.
Overhauling the tax code
This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tax rates and modify policies, credits, and deductions for individuals and businesses. It also establishes an oil and gas leasing program for the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska.
Repeal of a rule banning financial companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses
It prohibits the use of a predispute arbitration agreement to prevent a consumer from filing or participating in certain class action suits. The rule also requires consumer financial product and service providers to furnish the CFPB with particular information regarding arbitrations.
Fiscal year 2018 budget
Includes reconciliation instructions directing various congressional committees to report legislation that meets specified requirements regarding the effect on the deficit. Reconciliation bills are considered by Congress using expedited legislative procedures that prevent a filibuster and restrict amendments in the Senate. The resolution also includes reserve funds that provide the chairmen of the congressional budget committees with flexibility in applying budget enforcement rules to legislation that meets specified criteria.
The American Health Care Act of 2017
1. Amends Patient Access to public health programs
2. Limits the state option for participating provider hospitals to determine Medicaid eligibility
3. Establishes limits on federal funding for state Medicaid programs starting in 2020
4. Eliminates cost sharing reductions for low-income individuals with certain health insurance
Repeal of a rule requiring energy companies to reduce waste and emissions
Nullifies the rule submitted by the Bureau of Land Management titled “Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation.” The rule published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2016, addresses waste generated during oil and gas production.
Disaster relief for Puerto Rico and other areas
Provides $36.5 billion in FY2018 emergency supplemental appropriations to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of the Interior for relief and recovery efforts in response to recent hurricanes and wildfires. The bill provides $18.67 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund, of which: (1) $10 million must be transferred to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General for audits and investigations related to disasters, and (2) up to $4.9 billion may be transferred to the Community Disaster Loans Program for direct loans to assist local governments in providing essential services as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria.
Raising debt limits and extending government funding for Hurricane and National Disaster Relief
Requires the President;
1. ensures assistance is aligned with U.S. foreign policy and economic interests and that priority is given to developing countries in which: (1) there is the greatest need and opportunity to expand access to basic education, including for marginalized and vulnerable groups; (2) assistance can produce a substantial impact on children and educational systems; and (3) there is the greatest opportunity to reduce childhood and adolescence exposure to or engagement in violent extremist ideologies.
2. submits to Congress a comprehensive U.S. strategy to be carried out during the following five fiscal years to promote quality basic education in partner countries by: (1) expanding access to basic education for all children, particularly marginalized children and vulnerable groups; and (2) improving the quality of basic education and learning outcomes.
3. creates a strategy that (1) prioritizes assistance to U.S. partner countries whose populations are most in need of improved basic education; (2) builds the capacity of partner countries to develop plans that improve basic education; (3) develops means to track implementation in partner countries and ensure that such countries are expending appropriate domestic resources and instituting relevant legal, regulatory, or institutional reforms.
4. ensures that programs (1) apply monitoring and evaluation methodologies to determine if programs and activities accomplish measurable improvements in literacy or other basic skills development; (2) include funding for both short-and long-term monitoring and evaluation.
5. submit an annual report to Congress
Imposing sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea
Directs the President to impose sanctions against: (1) Iran’s ballistic missile or weapons of mass destruction programs, (2) the sale or transfer to Iran of military equipment or the provision of related technical or financial assistance, and (3) Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and affiliated foreign persons.
Opposing the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia
Joint resolution prohibits the issuance of a letter of offer for the following proposed exports to the government of Saudi Arabia;
1. the transfer of certain technical data, hardware, and defense services to the Royal Saudi Air Force and Boeing Saudi Arabia to support the deployment of the Joint Direct Attack Munition off Saudi Arabia’s western made aircraft platforms;
2. the transfer of certain technical data, hardware, and defense services to the Royal Saudi Air Force to support the integration of the FMU-152A/B JPB Fuze System into the MK-80, BLU-109, and BLU-100 series warhead family of weapons; and
3. the transfer of defense articles, defense services, and technical data to support the Paveway II and III, Enhanced Paveway II and III, and Paveway IV Weapons Systems for the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15, Tornado, and Typhoon Aircraft.