Faso Releases Statement on Bipartisan Budget Deal

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Washington, February 9, 2018 | comments

Washington D.C. – Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today voted in support of the bipartisan, bicameral budget deal that is on the way to the President’s desk for signature. The budget deal sets the table for budget certainty over the next two years and contains numerous provisions that Rep. Faso has championed and others he supports.

“Today’s budget deal is a step forward that allows Congress to move on and tackle the problems Americans sent us here to solve,” said Faso. “This bipartisan agreement includes a number of provisions that are wins for New Yorkers, including strengthening the state of our military readiness, improving care for our veterans, and providing more funding to fight the opioid crisis.

Additionally, I wanted to express my support for the special committees organized to propose genuine reform to the congressional budget process and another to address the funding crisis for multi-employer pension plans.  For far too long, Congress has governed from funding crisis to funding crisis, inhibiting its ability to tackle our nation’s most pressing problems. 

“It should also be noted that the nation faces a looming debt crisis which is not made better by this legislation. My support for the bill is overwhelmingly influenced by the critical defense funding gaps affecting military readiness. Secretary Mattis has been very persuasive in his arguments as to the impacts of the budget sequester on our troops and the need to rebuild core aspects of our national defense. I trust his judgement in this regard. 

“Finally, I am thrilled to see my legislation improving the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program included. This program is critical in assisting older former foster youth transition to an independent life, including providing education and training vouchers. This improvement increases the age the states can provide assistance from 21 to 23,” Faso concluded.

The budget caps deal also included an extension of the Fuel Cell Investment Tax Credit which is critical to companies such as Plug Power in the Capital Region and two much-needed fixes to the Dairy Margin Protection Program and the Livestock Gross Margin-Dairy program. These provisions will broadly benefit dairy farmers throughout upstate New York. 

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