Congressman Faso Joins Problem Solvers Caucus Colleagues, Senators, in Late Night Bipartisan, Bicameral Meeting to Avert September Crises

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Washington, D.C., September 6, 2017 | comments
“Our work on this caucus is a much-needed breath of fresh air from all of the partisan politics consuming Washington. After meeting with a bipartisan group of Senators last night I am optimistic that there is the will to find a bipartisan fix to our healthcare system, and to find common ground regarding other areas of government in need of reform. Our nation’s healthcare system is incredibly complex, and as we continue to debate systemic changes it is critical that Upstate New Yorkers aren’t left at risk. This understates the importance of these incremental bipartisan solutions and the work of this caucus.”
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Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) last night joined a bipartisan meeting including 40-plus members of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus and six senators to discuss the outlines of potential bipartisan deals on health care, the budget and the debt ceiling. With Congress facing several crucial vote deadlines in September, Rep. Faso is committed to forging the bipartisan agreements that will be necessary to effectively fund the government and to protect the full faith and credit of the United States.

Congressman Faso said, “Our work on this caucus is a much-needed breath of fresh air from all of the partisan politics consuming Washington. After meeting with a bipartisan group of Senators last night I am optimistic that there is the will to find a bipartisan fix to our healthcare system, and to find common ground regarding other areas of government in need of reform. Our nation’s healthcare system is incredibly complex, and as we continue to debate systemic changes it is critical that Upstate New Yorkers aren’t left at risk. This understates the importance of these incremental bipartisan solutions and the work of this caucus.”

Even as bipartisan cooperation has been difficult to find this year in Washington, Rep. Faso has been working tirelessly to build cooperation across the aisle. In July, he joined colleagues in the Problem Solvers Caucus—which features over 40 members evenly split between the parties—to announce an ambitious five-point bipartisan plan to stabilize insurance markets, reduce insurance premiums and to provide regulatory relief to small businesses. It was the first and only significant bipartisan health care reform plan offered in this Congress.

Elements of the Problem Solvers Caucus health care plan are expected to be discussed at this week’s hearings hosted by the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

Attendees at last night’s meeting agreed to join bipartisan working groups to discuss a way forward on the budget, debt ceiling and health care. A future meeting is expected later in September as vote deadlines approach.

Officials from the U.S. Treasury Department were also on hand to discuss the tax reform debate likely to commence this Fall.
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