Strongly believes that America should be strengthening our relationships with our allies, treating our adversaries as our adversaries, and never send our troops into harm’s way unless they are sent with a clear plan and the resources necessary to win.
Leading the charge to eradicate MS-13 and other violent criminal gangs attacking Long Island communities. Introduced the Protecting Our Communities from Gang Violence Act (H.R. 5065), legislation that revokes citizenship from naturalized immigrants involved in gang activity.
Voted to secure our border and increase funding for border protection and enforcement (Make America Secure Act, H.R. 3219).
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.
A leading advocate on the effort to defeat ISIS and other terror threats, correct a flawed Iran Nuclear Agreement, and denuclearize North Korea.
Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee.
Introduced the Protect America Act (H.R. 3998) to prevent terrorists from purchasing firearms, while protecting the due process rights of Americans.
Member of the House Financial Services Committee and introduced bipartisan bills to improve lending to families and small businesses (H.R. 4292 and H.R. 4293), which passed the House with bipartisan support in 2018. These proposals and dozens of other bills he helped pass are removing bureaucratic red tape, improving the business climate, and jumpstarting job creation on Long Island and nationwide.
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.
Vocal advocate for local fishermen by standing up to flawed regulations and unfair quotas that could put them out of business. While in the New York State Senate, led the successful effort to permanently repeal the Saltwater Fishing License Fee.
In Congress, helped lead the effort to secure 20 tax relief provisions for Long Island businesses and families in a bill that became law (PATH Act, H.R. 2029).
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.
Strong supporter of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 26), which has passed the House to stop executive overreach, including burdensome and unnecessary bureaucratic red tape. Voted to strike down 16 damaging Obama era regulations that were blocking job creation and economic growth.
Voted for the Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (H.J. Res. 2) to help get our nation’s fiscal house in order.
Secured passage of his bill to provide Adult Day Health Care to disabled veterans at no cost to the veteran (H.R.1005/S.324), which was then signed into law by President Trump. Also secured an East End veterans clinic in Manorville.
Vocal believer as a veteran himself 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.
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. 897, to take national this initiative which has been so successful in New York, and Suffolk County especially.
Introduced important legislation to help our nation’s veterans, including the Flexible VA Loan Guarantee Act (H.R. 815), which would eliminate the loan limit or the “maximum guarantee amount” of a loan that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can guarantee for a veteran, and the Veterans Estate Transfer to Survivors Act, or VETS Act (H.R. 814), which would require the VA to pay accrued benefits to the estate of a deceased veteran.
Standing for our Vietnam veterans who are suffering from exposure to liver fluke. Cosponsor of H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, to improve treatment for veterans suffering from exposure to Agent Orange.
Helped lead the successful effort to permanently reauthorize the Zadroga Act, which provides necessary healthcare for our 9/11 first responders.
Co-sponsored and voted for H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, and supported the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act (H.R. 2658), a bill to prevent damaging Obamacare mandates from putting volunteer firefighters and EMS departments out of business.
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.
Introduced the bipartisan Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act (H.R. 1601) 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. 2580).
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.
Cosponsor of bipartisan legislation to expand Pell Grant tax credits, the Pell Grant Flexibility Act (H.R. 3581), impacting over 5,000 students at Stony Brook University alone.
Served on the Higher Education Committee in the New York State Senate.
Helped lead the effort to successfully pass a 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, including $26 million to replace Hospital Road Bridge in Brookhaven.
Champion of 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.
Secured emergency dredging of Moriches Inlet to protect local boaters and fishermen following 4 unprecedented, severe Noreasters that nearly blocked the channel.
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.
Member of the House Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, and has supported over 20 pieces of legislation to provide our communities with the tools and resources we need to increase treatment, recovery, education, enforcement and prevention services.
Helped lead the successful bipartisan effort to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA, 953) into law, which included $3.6 billion for substance abuse prevention and treatment, and $8.3 billion in critical funding to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. Voted for $747 million increase in critical funding to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. (H.R. 3354).
Voted for the Championing Healthy Kids Act (H.R, 3922) which renewed important funding for Community Health Centers, essential providers of healthcare for families on Long Island an nationwide. A leader in the bipartisan coalition that renewed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) so that children and families on Long Island and nationwide can have access to quality care (H.R. 195).
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/ H.R. 34), which was signed into law 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 the 21st Century Cures Act, now law.
Co-chairman of the Long Island Sound Caucus. Tripled funding for the EPA Long Island Sound program to $12 million despite calls to cut or eliminate the program and led the opposition to the misguided plan to dump Connecticut’s dredge waste into the Long Island Sound.
Leading the effort to save Plum Island, by successfully securing House passage of H.R. 2182, with a unanimous, bipartisan vote.
To protect coastal homeowners and business facing risks from floods and storms, introduced the bipartisan National Flood Insurance Policyholder Protection Act (H.R. 2868). This bill passed the House with bipartisan support and would lower insurance premiums for Long Island homeowners who invest in mitigation to protect their properties from flood damage.
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, leading the fight to save the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and make 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, 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).
In the 114th Congress, strong supporter and cosponsor of the International Violence Against Women Act
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 opposed efforts by the Obama Administration to alter the Medicare Part B Drug Program, which would have increased 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 8,800 constituent cases in favor of NY-1 constituents. Cases include veterans affairs, social security, health care, housing, immigration, active duty military, postal service, 9/11 Fund, and more.
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