Work Week with John Faso
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Week in Review
This week I met with many constituents in the district and in Washington to discuss a multitude of policy issues from local employment conditions to veterans to healthcare.

Learn more about my week and who I met with here.

Participate in Monday's Teletown Hall
Monday night (3/13/17) I will be hosting a teletown hall for 19th District residents. I encourage you to sign up so we can have a thoughtful discussion about policies that matter most to you and your family. Sign up by clicking the image below.


Faso Advocates for Drinking Water Protections

I spoke this week before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies in support of the USDA's Circuit Rider program, which works through various state rural water associations to provide technical help to local utilities and their customers such as residents of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, Rensselaer County. Read more here and watch my testimony here or by clicking the image above.

Fighting for Our District in the Next Farm Bill

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit held a hearing called “The Next Farm Bill: Rural Development and Energy Programs.” Watch our discussion on the importance of clean-water infrastructure and broadband here or by clicking the image above.

Legislative Corner
Fixing and Reforming Our Healthcare System

This week the House GOP released its legislation, the American Health Care Act, beginning a multi-step process to fix the health insurance markets, which will take place over the next two years. In addition, the legislation transitions the Medicaid program over the coming years and also avoids some of the disruption to the Medicaid expansion which has taken place in recent years. Regulatory changes and additional legislation must be adopted over the next year to fully transition the system. If enacted, the full impact of these changes will largely be felt after 2020. My position has been to keep what works in the ACA and fix what doesn't. As a member of the Budget Committee, I am carefully reviewing this bill and also speaking to affected constituents, hospitals, nonprofit organizations and insurers who will all be affected by these proposed changes. Learn more about the American Health Care Act at ReadTheBill.GOP.

Defending our Country

On Wednesday, the House approved the fiscal year 2017 defense appropriations bill. This bill included a much-needed military pay raise of 2.1%, as well as the funding to equip our troops with the necessary resources to defend our nation. I voted in favor of this bill, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Protecting our Lands

The Highlands Conservation Act was signed into law in 2004 to help Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania conserve land in the Highlands Region. The Act recognizes the importance of the water, forest, agricultural, wildlife, recreational, and cultural resources of the Highlands Region and works to financially assist states in the protection of these areas. I recently cosponsored H.R. 1281, which extends the authorization of the Highlands Conservation Act through 2021 to ensure the continued protection of our area's most cherished resources. The legislation's primary sponsor is Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), and is currently cosponsored by four Republicans and five Democrats.


Faso in the News

I joined Fred Dicker on TALK 1300 AM to discuss the American Health Care Act. Listen to the interview here or by clicking the image above.


I discussed my thoughts with WNYT NewsChannel 13 about the American Health Care Act. Watch the interview here or by clicking the image above.


I spoke to Liz Benjamin on Capital Tonight about issues surrounding the ACA and discussed the details of the American Health Care Act. Watch the interview here or by clicking the image above.

 
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Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11] 
Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11]