Congressman Frelinghuysen’s Ratings
A Slide to the Right
Frelinghuysen's Voting Record
|July 25||H.J. Res. 111||passes||Nullifies a rule submitted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding arbitration agreements.
This resolution (passed 231 for/190 against) nullifies a rule that allowed consumers to file or participate in class action suits despite the presence of a “pre-dispute arbitration agreement” and required financial firms to report arbitration data to the CFPB on a regular basis.
|July 12||H.R. 2810||passes||The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 authorizes appropriations and sets forth policies for Department of Defense (DoD) programs and activities, including military personnel strengths.
Congressman Frelinghuysen voted on the following amendments to H.R. 2810, continuing his record of opposing alternative fuels, climate change mitigation, and transgender rights:
H. Amdt. 161 would prohibit the DoD from entering into new biofuels contracts while sequestration remains law (defeated 198 for, 225 against).
H. Amdt. 164 would shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison (defeated 167 for, 257 against by Republicans with some Democratic support).
H. Amdt. 178 would prohibit the DoD from buying biofuels unless they are “as cost effective as traditional fuels” (defeated 203 for, 218 against with some Republicans voting no).
H. Amdt. 179 would have struck “the requirement for the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on the vulnerability [of] military installations … resulting from climate change over the next 20 years” (defeated 185 for, 234 against with support from a bipartisan climate solutions caucus in the House).
H. Amdt. 183 would prohibit the DoD from paying for gender transitions (defeated 209 for/214 against with some Republican votes).
|June 8||H.R. 10||passes||The Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 severely weakened the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other safeguards included in the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 passed to prevent another financial collapse.
The legislation strips the Bureau of its supervisory and examination authority, removes the Bureau’s authority to police unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts, and eliminates its oversight of payday loans and arbitration agreements. It also makes its Director an “at-will employee”; currently the director can only be removed “for cause.” Other sections of the bill revoke the “fiduciary rule” that required brokers to act in the best interests of their clients, limits the Fed’s independence, and give Congress (read banking lobbyists) more control over the rules written by federal financial regulators.
|May 18||H.R. 1039||passes||Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017 would permit a probation officer to arrest a person who assaulted or obstructed the officer while performing his or her official duties.
While such obstruction is illegal, he or she may lack of authority to restrain a third party who is uncooperative or violent. The officer may need to retreat - and thus lose evidence that an offender has violated probation or supervised release, or evidence of other criminal activity. And an offending third party may elude capture.
|May 18||H.R. 115||passes||Thin Blue Line Act
Would make killing or targeting law enforcement, firefighters, or first responders an aggravating factor in determining whether a death sentence is justified in federal cases.
|May 4||H.R. 1628||passes||The American Health Care Act of 2017 proposes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This bill would replace income-based subsidies with age-based tax credits; revise pre-existing conditions protections; and allow insurers to charge older adults up to five - up from three - time more than younger adults.
The AHCA would also cut $880 billion from Medicaid and stunt its expansion by converting it from a flexible spending program to a block grant. It allows states to end minimum health benefit requirements for insurers such as maternity care and emergency services, cuts taxes on high income people by nearly $300 billion, and defunds Planned Parenthood.
|May 3||H.R. 244||passes||Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017
Funds the federal government with $1.2 trillion in funding through Sept. 30, when the current fiscal year ends. The measure includes an additional $12.5 billion in new military spending and $1.5 billion more for more border security - but not for building a new wall. And funding for Planned Parenthood remained intact.
|May 2||H.R. 1180||passes||Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017
Would give private-sector employees the option of selecting compensatory time off in lieu of cash for overtime wages. This option is available to federal, state, and local government employees.
|Mar 30||H.R. 1431||passes||EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017 This bill amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to revise the process of selecting members of the Science Advisory Board, guidelines for participation in board advisory activities, and terms of office. The board provides scientific advice to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This bill requires the board to independently provide that advice. Registered lobbyists may not be appointed to the board. Board members may not have current grants or contracts from the EPA and may not apply for them for three years following the end of their board term.|
|Mar 29||H.R. 1430||passes||Prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible. This bill amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such action is the best available science, specifically identified, and publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results. A covered action includes a risk, exposure, or hazard assessment, criteria document, standard, limitation, regulation, regulatory impact analysis, or guidance. Personally identifiable information, trade secrets, or commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential must be redacted prior to public availability.|
||S.J. Res. 34||passes||Prevents FCC privacy restrictions on Internet Service Providers from taking effect. This joint resolution nullifies the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission entitled "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services." The rule published on December 2, 2016: (1) applies the customer privacy requirements of the Communications Act of 1934 to broadband Internet access service and other telecommunications services, (2) requires telecommunications carriers to inform customers about rights to opt in or opt out of the use or the sharing of their confidential information, (3) adopts data security and breach notification requirements, (4) prohibits broadband service offerings that are contingent on surrendering privacy rights, and (5) requires disclosures and affirmative consent when a broadband provider offers customers financial incentives in exchange for the provider's right to use a customer's confidential information.|
||H.R. 1181||passes||Authorizes veterans deemed mentally incompetent to buy firearms, unless they are found by a judge to be dangerous to themselves or others|
||H.R. 1259||passes||Authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to quickly fire, demote, or suspend VA employees|
||H.R. 720||passes||Requires judges to fine attorneys whose cases are determined to be without merit|
||H.R. 985||passes||Prohibits the federal court from granting certification of a class action seeking monetary relief for personal injury or economic loss unless the party seeking the class action proves that each class member suffered the same type and scope of injury as the named class representatives|
||H.R. 998||passes||Establishes a Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission and outlines procedures for its operation|
|Feb 16||H.J. Res. 43||passes||Withholds federal family-planning funds from health centers that provide abortions; targets mostly low-income, rural, and minority women|
|Feb 3||H.J. Res. 36||passes||Blocks federal oversight of methane emissions|
|Feb 2||H.J. Res. 40||passes||Makes it easier for mentally ill individuals to purchase guns|
|Feb 2||H.J. Res. 38||passes||Permits coal-mining companies to dump mining waste into streams|
|Feb 1||H.J. Res. 41||passes||Blocks disclosure of bribes to foreign governments by energy and mining companies|
|Jan 24||H.R. 7||passes||Prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion services|
|Jan 12||H.R. 78||passes||Cripples regulation of Wall Street financial firms|
|Jan 5||H.R. 26||passes||Requires all major rules proposed by executive agencies to be approved by Congress in a joint resolution|