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  • Reps. Faso and Kuster Introduce Bipartisan Veteran Farmers Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on August 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs, Veterans

    Kinderhook, NY – Congressman John Faso (NY-19) and Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2) today introduced bipartisan legislation called the Veterans and Beginning Farmers Assistance Act, which reauthorizes the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas program (ATTRA). “The average age of a farmer is almost 60 years old while the post-9/11 veteran unemployment rate is at more than 4.5%.” said Congressman Faso. “This commonsense piece of legislation addresses these two problems and ensures ... Read more

  • Congressman Faso Protects Key Loan Program for Upstate Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on July 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    “Robust funding for the Farm Service Agency’s loan programs ensures greater financial security for Upstate farmers and provides access to credit in the face of low commodity prices. Proposed loan cuts could devastate communities in Upstate New York and similar communities across the country. These funding levels provide beginning farmers with real opportunities that might otherwise be unavailable, and provide better financing and credit availability for existing farmers to grow their farms and agribusinesses,” said Rep. Faso. Read more

  • Faso Statement on Reversal of WOTUS Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Environment

    “The rule proposed by the Obama administration, while well-intentioned, created confusion and controversy among landowners and farmers throughout the nation and in Upstate New York. Farmers should not have to go to the federal Corps of Engineers or EPA to seek permits to use long-established drainage ditches on their property. It is time for the EPA to go back to the drawing board and craft a rule which doesn’t unduly burden our agricultural businesses and make sure they involve all stakeholders in the regulatory process.” Read more

  • June 19 - June 23, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on June 23, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs, Environment

    H.R. 1873 – Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act Under current Federal law, it can take an extended period of time for utilities to receive the appropriate authorization to clear brush and trees from transmission right of ways. As a result, transmission right of ways are at a higher risk of fire because of overgrown vegetation. This bill changes federal law to help standardize and streamline the approval process to allow utilities to better manage the areas around their transmission... Read more

  • Rep. Faso Achieves Legislative Victories for Constituents in Bipartisan Appropriations Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Debt and Deficits, Education, Environment, Immigration, Transportation, Lyme Disease

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced programs that will greatly benefit from the recent bipartisan agreement that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. “This bipartisan agreement avoids a government shutdown and includes an array of legislative victories for the 19th District,” said Congressman Faso. Bolsters Funds to Provide Raises to Members of Our Armed Forces The bill includes a defense increase of $19.9 billion when compared to 2... Read more

  • Faso Urges Secretary Perdue to Expand Milk Options for Schoolchildren
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) recently sent a letter to the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) newly confirmed Secretary Sonny Perdue along with 12 colleagues urging the department to change guidelines to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) which prohibit schools from offering whole and flavored milk products. Today Secretary Perdue signed a proclamation directing the USDA to provide schools with regulatory flexibility to offer one percent flavored milk products. “... Read more

  • Faso Issues Statement on President's WOTUS Executive Order
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Environment

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) issued the following statement on the President’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) executive order: “The Obama administration’s controversial EPA WOTUS rule is a dangerous expansion of the agency’s regulatory authority over 19th District family farms, businesses and property owners. Before it was correctly paused by the courts, WOTUS would have required local farmers to apply for federal permits for routine work involving drainage ditche... Read more

  • Food Chemical News: USDA should study the effects of cutting soda from SNAP, one lawmaker says
    Posted in Articles on February 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    By Margarita Raycheva Published: February 22, 2017 03:26 PM While U.S. lawmakers debate whether soda should be restricted from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at least one of them, Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.), wants USDA to conduct a study to find out if a soda ban could improve the nutritional habits of program participants. Faso told Food Chemical News on Feb. 21 that he will push for the study in the coming months in the House Agriculture Committee, which last week debated t... Read more

  • Faso Appointed to House Agriculture Subcommittees
    Posted in Press Releases on February 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) was appointed to the Nutrition Subcommittee as well as the Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Subcommittee on the House Agriculture Committee. Congressman Faso issued the following statement: “I am honored to be appointed to serve on two subcommittees on the House Agriculture Committee. On the Nutrition Subcommittee I look forward to work on policies that will protect temporary assistance programs for those in need. As a member of the ... Read more

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