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  • 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

  • Congressman Faso Issues Statement on Paris Agreement Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on June 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today released the following statement in response to the administration’s decision to pursue withdrawal proceedings from the Paris COP21 agreement: “As a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, I support US efforts to continue promotion of innovative clean-energy solutions which will mitigate the effects of man-made climate change. As such, I believe the withdrawal of the US from the agreement is ill-advised. However, the non-bi... Read more

  • May 22 - May 26, 2017
    Posted in Vote Explanations on May 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    H.R.1761 - Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act Our children are our future and it is our responsibility to guide, teach, and most importantly, protect them. It is also imperative that as a society we hold those who do harm to our children accountable. In our current criminal code exists a loophole that has allowed charges against child pornographers to be dropped due to a technicality surrounding intent to produce child pornography before sexually abusing a child. I voted in favor of the ... Read more

  • Faso Bill Language Would Halt Hudson River Anchorage Process, Require Report to Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Environment

    Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today announced the inclusion of language added at his request to H.R. 2518, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017, that would protect the public health and public safety of Hudson River communities by prohibiting proposed Yonkers-to-Kingston barge anchorages for up to one year while Congress assesses environmental and other impacts. The last reauthorization for the Coast Guard’s major funding bill was passed in 2015 and is set to expi... Read more

  • Rep. Faso Calls for Continued Negotiations Toward Finalized FFMP
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) recently sent a letter to Delaware River Decree Party Members on the recent breakdown of negotiations on a finalized long-term Flexible Flow Management Plan (FFMP) for the waterway. The letter stressed positive reforms to benefit communities in the Upper Delaware River region and the need to avoid the reduced water releases which would occur if a deal is not struck by the May 31 deadline. To watch, click image above or click here. Transcrip... Read more

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