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  • Faso Introduces Infrastructure Expansion Act to Expand Federal Infrastructure Funds in New York State
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    “As people and businesses flee our state it is hard to fathom why New York State would continue to impose these unnecessary liability insurance costs on our citizens. New York is the only state that imposes this costly mandate which continues to incentivize people, businesses and jobs to flee our state. New York State is plagued with an old and decaying public infrastructure and a property tax burden and business costs which makes New York the single worst state in the nation in which to do business. The Scaffold Law also drives up insurance costs for homeowners, raising the cost of a new, single-family home by between $5000 and $10000. This antiquated law greatly increases the costs of all public construction projects and has greatly limited the number of liability insurance carriers even willing to write insurance policies in our state. This law doesn’t even promote a safer workplace environment for construction workers, as our state is no safer for workers than the 49 other states which don’t have this liability statute. We can create more construction jobs and fund additional projects in New York if we aren’t wasting taxpayer dollars.” Read more

  • 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

  • July 24 - July 28, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on August 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Debt and Deficits, Economy and Jobs, Environment, Veterans

    S.114 – A bill to authorize appropriations for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes, as amended S. 114 authorizes and appropriates an additional $2.1 billion to the Veterans Choice Fund, which provides for certain veterans to receive healthcare from participating providers in the private sector. I voted in favor of this bill, which passed the House unanimously. Roll call vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll438.xml H.R.3180 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 201... Read more

  • July 17 - July 20, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Environment

    H.R. 806 – Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 If signed into law, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act would delay the implementation of the 2015 ozone standards by several years. Additionally, this legislation would double the mandatory review of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) from five to ten years. Ozone and other ground-level pollution has been linked to negative health outcomes across the population including those most at risk of respiratory diseases. I voted agai... Read more

  • Congressman Faso Praises Budget Committee Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on July 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Debt and Deficits, Economy and Jobs

    “The House Budget Committee has been working tirelessly to get a budget that gets Washington spending under control while providing the necessary support for critical domestic programs. This budget addresses the need for updates to much of our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, boosts our military, and rejects proposed drastic cuts to critical agencies like the EPA, NIH, and CDC” Read more

  • Congressman Faso Reacts to Announcement of Infrastructure Funding Grants Awarded to Stewart International Airport
    Posted in Press Releases on July 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Transportation

    “Many people in the 19th District are served by Stewart International Airport, and these infrastructure improvements will not only account for much-needed updates to the airport, they will create an economic boon to the surrounding area” Read more

  • Faso, New York Delegation Tell Treasury Secretary to Protect Key Tax Provision
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Tax Reform

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John J. Faso (R-Kinderhook), along with Reps. Donovan, Katko, King, Stefanik, Tenney, and Zeldin, of the New York Congressional Delegation, recently sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in support of the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which allows taxpayers to deduct state and local tax payments from federal taxable income. “Upstate New Yorkers are already saddled with some of the highest tax rates in the country across the board, and they flat-... 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

  • Congressman Faso Issues Statement on Upcoming New York PSC Review
    Posted in Press Releases on June 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today released the following statement regarding the upcoming session of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to review the joint petition filed by telecommunications companies Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc (CCH) and FairPoint Communications, Inc. (FCI) for approval of the CCH plan to acquire FCI in New York: “I’m encouraged to see that the New York State Public Service Commission has announced it is reviewing the joint applicat... Read more

  • Faso-Sponsored Bill to Support Hydroelectric Power Passes House in Bipartisan Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced the passage of H.R. 2292, legislation to allow the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to extend the construction license for the Cannonsville, Delaware County hydroelectric project for as many as eight additional years. FERC provided the original, two-year license for the project in 2014. The license extension is necessary to prepare the construction site at the Cannonsville Dam in an environmentally sensitive manne... Read more

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