This past weekend, I held meetings with two of New York 19’s local advisory committees.
First, with the Farm Bill coming up later in 2018, I met with the 19th district’s Agriculture Advisory Committee to consider legislative priorities. Among other topics, we discussed the need to substantially fix the Dairy Margin Protection Program and provide our farmers the resources they need to support on-farm conservation practices. The agriculture industry is extremely important to the Upstate economy and I look forward to fighting for our local farmers as this legislation moves through the House.
Additionally, I held a meeting with my Veterans Advisory Committee to receive an update on local veterans initiatives along with strategizing how we can improve care through federal efforts. Specifically, we discussed the Veterans Choice Program and other concerns such as access to the new Veterans ID Cards. I plan to address these and other veteran-related matters with my colleagues in Congress. On February 9th, I will be hosting another Veterans Resource Fair in Kingston. Further details will be made available soon.