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  • 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

  • Faso Announces Critical EPA Designation for Hoosick Falls
    Posted in Press Releases on July 31, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced that Hoosick Falls would be added to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Priorities List, the final step before access to critical federal resources to clean up pollution in the area. “This is critically important and welcome news as the 3,600 residents of Hoosick Falls will now see the contaminated Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics site eligible for federal funding, permanently. I am proud to have advocated... Read more

  • July 11 - July 14, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on July 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    H.R.23 - Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017 Over the last several years California and other western states have been subjected to water shortages due to extended periods of drought. H.R. 23 seeks to modernize outdated water policies across the Western states and improves the reliability of California’s water supply. I voted in support of this legislation, which addresses systemic supply failures and ensures that western farms and cities have access to reliable water. Roll call vote: ht... 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

  • 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

  • Faso Calls on EPA Administrator to Evaluate Impact of Pollution in Upstate Communities
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    "I have heard from many of my constituents in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh about the impact of PFOA pollution in their communities. It is imperative that EPA Administrator Pruitt fully consider the health impacts of PFOAs and take action accordingly” Read more

  • Faso Welcomes Suspension of Hudson River Anchorages Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on June 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John J. Faso (R-Kinderhook) today issued the following statement regarding the news that the United States Coast Guard plans to suspend its push for new anchorages in the Hudson River. “This is welcome news to many of our residents along the Hudson River. I am pleased to see that in addition to suspending its anchorages plan, the Coast Guard decided to commission a formal study to better understand the risks associated with these anchorage grounds. This is somethin... 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

  • 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

  • Congressman Faso Announces $400,000 in Brownfields Cleanup Grants to Local Governments
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced that two local governments in the 19th Congressional District have been awarded $400,000 in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfield site revitalization. Sullivan County and the Village of Valley Falls (Rensselaer County) will each receive $200,000 in competitive grants to help them redevelop vacant and unused properties. “These grants will allow Sullivan County and Valley Falls to make innovative... Read more

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