Strongly believes that America should be strengthening our relationships with our allies, treating our enemies as our enemies, and never send our troops into harm’s way unless they are sent with a clear plan and the resources necessary to win.
Served on active duty for four years in the U.S. Army, as a Military Intelligence Officer, Federal Prosecutor, and Military Magistrate, among other duties. After being assigned as a paratrooper to the Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division, Lee was deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2006. He now serves as a Major in the Army Reserves.
Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee where Lee is a leading advocate on the need to identify and eliminate the threat of ISIS and other terror threats and correct a flawed Iran Nuclear Agreement.
Introduced the Protect America Act (H.R. 4237) to prevent terrorists from purchasing firearms, while protecting the due process rights of Americans.
Introduced the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act (H.R. 4314), which passed the House with strong bipartisan support. This proposal improves international border security standards and helps fight the spread of infectious diseases, such as Zika.
Currently working with House Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees to pass legislation to strengthen U.S. border security and interior enforcement, and stop the influx of Syrian refugees until they can be properly vetted.
Opposes the closing of the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO).
As a New York State Senator, reduced middle income tax rates to the lowest level in 60 years, co-sponsored the nation’s strongest property tax cap, and led the successful effort to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for 80 percent of employers.
In Congress, helped lead the effort to secure 20 tax relief provisions for Long Island businesses and families in a bill that became law.
Voted against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and opposes the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) in order to improve the negotiation of trade agreements to better fight for American companies, and most importantly, the American worker. Trade is an important engine of the American economy and can be strengthened.
Member of the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
Strong supporter of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 427), which has passed the House to stop executive overreach, including burdensome and unnecessary bureaucratic red tape.
Advocate of a much needed simplification of our tax code to allow more Americans to pay their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.
Cosponsors the Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (H.J. Res. 55) to help get our nation’s fiscal house in order.
Vocal believer that our veterans and first responders deserve the highest possible amount of love, care and respect for their incredible sacrifices to keep our country safe, secure and free.
A veteran who serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, and Economic Opportunity Subcommittee.
Created while a State Senator the PFC Joseph Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program as part of the 2012-2013 state budget to help our veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Now proposing to expand the Dwyer Program with H.R. 4513, to take national this initiative which has been so successful in New York, and Suffolk County especially.
Secured House passage of three of his veteran’s bills, including H.R. 2640, to provide Adult Day Health Care for disabled veterans at no cost, H.R. 1569, to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay accrued benefits to the estate of deceased veterans, and H.R. 1187, to eliminate the loan limit that the VA can guarantee for a veteran. Also supports multiple bills to improve treatment for veterans suffering from exposure to Agent Orange (H.R. 3423, H.R. 969).
Helped lead the successful effort to permanently reauthorize the Zadroga Act, which provides necessary healthcare for our 9/11 first responders.
Secured an East End veterans clinic in Manorville.
Supported the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act (H.R. 2658), which excludes the hours worked by EMS from being counted toward the ACA’s 30-hour-a-week benchmark that determines whether an employee is classified as full-time. Also co-sponsored H.R. 4625, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act.
Introduced a proposal that was passed and signed into law ensuring that states that choose to opt-out of Common Core do not lose federal funding.
Cosponsored the Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act (H.R. 452) to roll back federally mandated testing to pre No Child Left Behind levels.
Advanced the investment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM, H.R. 1020) in our schools, which was signed into law on October 7, 2015.
To help address the student loan debt crisis, introduced the Earnings Contingent Education Loans (ExCEL) Act (H.R. 3695).
Cosponsored the Local Control of Education Act (H.R. 524), which prohibits the federal government from using grants or waivers to mandate, incentivize, or coerce states into adopting Common Core, ensuring that control over education is left to the states.
Introduced bipartisan legislation to expand Pell Grant tax credits, the Pell Grant Flexibility Act (H.R. 5764), impacting over 5,000 students at Stony Brook University alone.
Served on the Higher Education Committee in the New York State Senate.
Only majority member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure committee in the entire New York metropolitan region.
Helped lead the effort to successfully pass the new 5 year fully funded Surface Transportation Bill, containing critical funding for important job creating projects, and improving the Long Island, state and national transportation economy. Led effort to secure in this bill language to reduce assaults on bus operators.
Secured passage of his Safe Bridges Act (H.R. 3168) as part of the Surface Transportation Bill, which has already resulted in new funding to improve our local bridges.
Champions the Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) project to strengthen Long Island’s south shore, which has now increased to a $1.16 billion effort.
Saved Islip MacArthur Airport’s weather observation station from a proposed FAA closure.
Stopped proposals to allow heavier and longer trucks on our local roadways as well as a flawed proposal to reroute thousands of trucks from I-95 in Connecticut to our North Fork road system.
Secured over $7.23 million in federal funding to improve the worn runways at Gabreski Airport, home of the Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing and a critical gateway for our tourist economy.
Secured full Congressional passage for the first time of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare (H.R. 3762), which was then vetoed by the President.
Called for a Department of Justice investigation into Health Republic of New York, the failed NYS health exchange co-op, which abruptly left over 200,000 New Yorkers without health insurance.
Cosponsored a new law, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA, H.R. 953), to combat the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.
Co-sponsored the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, H.R. 3722, to provide grant funding for community based mental health programs and related law enforcement programs to better serve our community.
Protecting individuals with disabilities by introducing H.R. 3229, which will prevent a massive increase to access and costs associated with essential specialized power and manual wheelchairs and related services relied on by disabled individuals and their families.
Cosponsored the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6), which passed the House, to advance America’s robust pursuit of cures and treatments to diseases both well known and rare.
Cosponsored H.R. 789, the Tick-Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2015, which establishes the Interagency Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Working Group in order to identify best practices for treatment and research. This legislation was included in H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House.
Leading the effort to save Plum Island by successfully securing House passage of H.R. 1887, with a unanimous, bipartisan vote.
Leading the opposition to the misguided plan to dump Connecticut’s dredge waste into the Long Island Sound.
Secured $27 million in funding for the National Estuary Program, which includes the Peconic Estuary and Long Island Sound. Also, introduced the bipartisan Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act, which authorizes $65 million in water quality funding for the Long Island Sound.
Brought the House Natural Resources Committee Chairman to Long Island for a field hearing in Riverhead regarding important issues facing Long Island’s coastal economy and environment.
As part of a bipartisan coalition in Congress, saved the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and made it permanent, a critical program that has included funding for 65 parks and beaches in Suffolk County alone.
Member of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, Coastal Communities Caucus, Congressional Shellfish Caucus, and Long Island Sound Caucus.
While in the New York State Senate, led the successful effort to permanently repeal the Saltwater Fishing License Fee.
While in the New York State Senate, voted twice in support of Equal Pay for Equal Work.
Voted in favor of providing over $100 million in sexual assault prevention and response efforts (H.R. 2026).
Strong supporter and cosponsor of the International Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 1340).
Vocal advocate on the necessity to completely honor the promise and commitment to our seniors to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare.
Fighting for seniors, by passing the Securing Senior’s Health Care Act of 2015 (H.R. 2582), which prevents the termination of certain Medicare Advantage plans; supporting the Seniors Health Care Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 2506), the Strengthening Medicare Advantage through Innovation and Transparency for Seniors Act of 2015 (H.R. 2570), and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2); and opposing efforts by the Obama Administration to alter the Medicare Part B Drug Program, which would increase costs and limit Seniors’ access to necessary medication.
Voted to provide new community based anti bullying support initiatives to improve academic achievement and student engagement, as well as provisions for states and local school districts to implement comprehensive school safety and crisis response policy (S. 1177).
Cosponsored the Childhood Cancer STAR Act (H.R. 3381) to improve childhood cancer treatments and to expand access to best practices for care.
Successfully resolved over 4,000 constituent cases in less than two years in favor of NY-1 constituents. Cases include veterans affairs, social security, health care, housing, immigration, active duty military, postal service, and 9/11 Fund.
Regularly hosts Mobile Office Hours and Tele-Town Halls throughout our Congressional District to bring government directly into every community.