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Eliot Engel

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Eliot Engel currently serves the 17th Congressional district of New York

Eliot Lance Engel, a Democrat, has represented the 17th Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1988. (map)

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Eliot Engel voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

Engel voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Indian Point nuclear power plant

In February 2009, Engel urged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) not to approve the 20-year license renewal application of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, New York. Engel said he told NRC Commissioner Dale Klein, "Indian Point would never be built today at its present location because of its proximity to the millions of people in the New York metropolitan area. It is degrading the Hudson River by using its water, some two billion gallons daily, to cool the plant, and by the radioactive leakages that may have already reached the river." Engel also argued that Indian Point is "a very tempting target for terrorist," and said there are "too many other serious issues about the dangers of Indian Point’s nuclear reactors to ignore." [2]

DRIVE Act

On January 24, 2007, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) introduced the Dependence Reduction through Innovation in Vehicles and Energy Act – the DRIVE Act of 2007 – (H.R.670) to "promote the national security and stability of the United States economy by reducing the dependence of the United States on foreign oil through the use of alternative fuels and new vehicle technologies, and for other purposes." The bill attracted 82 cosponsors[3] (as of June 2007)

Main article: U.S. congressional action on climate change#DRIVE Act of 2007 (H.R.670)

Bio

Engel was born February 18, 1947 in The Bronx. He graduated from Hunter-Lehman College. Engel was elected to the New York general assembly in 1976. In 1988, Engel was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives after defeating Congressman Mario Biaggi, who had been charged with racketeering in the Wedtech scandal, in the Democratic primary. (Biaggi was eventually jailed by Rudolph Giuliani and subsequently ran against and lost to Representative Engel in 1992).

Congressional career

Engel is a supporter of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and has also been an advocate for the causes of Albanian-Americans. In 2003, he authored the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act, which was signed into law by President Bush on December 12, 2003 [1]. In this Law, Congress authorized penalties and restrictions on US relations with Syria for its occupation of Lebanon and for its relationship with terrorist groups.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Jim Faulkner to face Engel in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [2] Engel retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Member, Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Member, Democratic Study Group on Health
  • Member, Long Island Sound Caucus
  • Co-chair, Albanian Issues Caucus
  • Executive Board Member of the Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Eliot Engel. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Contact

DC Office:
2161 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3217
Phone: 202-225-2464
Fax: 202-225-5513
Web Email
Website

District Office- Bronx:
3655 Johnson Avenue
Bronx, NY 10463
Phone: 718-796-9700
Fax: 718-796-5134

District Office- Mt. Vernon:
6 Gramatan Avenue, Suite 205
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Phone: 914-699-4100
Fax:

District Office- West Nyack:
261 West Nyack Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
Phone: 845-735-1000
Fax:

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles

References

  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. "Engel tells NRC chief that Indian Point license should not be renewed," Mid-Hudson News Network, February 14-15, 2009.
  3. "THOMAS page on H.R.670 cosponsors," THOMAS.

External resources

External articles

Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
None
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Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Democratic Study Group on Health, Long Island Sound Caucus, Albanian Issues Caucus, Congressional Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs
Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Health, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Foreign Affairs/Subcommittee on Europe, House Committee on Foreign Affairs/Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, House Committee on Foreign Affairs/Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 8, 1988
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1989
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
New York State Assembly,
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District Offices:
1. 3655 Johnson Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463
Phone: 718-796-9700 / Fax: 718-796-5134
2. 6 Gramatan Avenue, Suite 205, Mount Vernon, NY 10550
Phone: 914-699-4100 / Fax:
3. 261 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994
Phone: 845-735-1000 / Fax:




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Date of Birth: February 18, 1947