Work Week with Congressman Faso
October 6, 2017

 
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Prayers for Las Vegas



The tragic and horrific events that unfolded in Las Vegas on Sunday night shook our entire nation to its core. This was nothing short of pure evil and as the investigation continues, I am hopeful we learn more about why this individual would commit such a heinous crime. Preventing these tragedies is something every American wants and we need to look beyond political agendas to find solutions.  Areas such as better mental health screenings and working to improve ways in which we can identify potentially threatening individuals are priorities I believe Congress should continue to pursue.

With regard to the attackers' use of devices to convert semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons; fully automatic weapons are subject to highly restrictive regulation, and it is my belief that any devices which would allow a semi-automatic weapon to essentially become an automatic weapon should be treated similarly.

Fulfilling a Long Overdue Service to a Veteran


Recently, I had the profound honor of fulfilling a long overdue service to a decorated Korean War and World War II veteran from Woodstock. Ten years ago, Burton A. Shultis of Woodstock passed away and was interned in the Woodstock Cemetery. When the footstone for the gravesite arrived in 2007 they misspelled Mr. Shulltis' name. The Veterans Administration sent a replacement stone that arrived broken. Ten years went by with the grave of this hero unmarked and with the broken stone sitting in a room. I am very proud that immediately upon hearing of this misservice, my office contacted the VA and got the stone replaced. I cannot overstate the privilege it was to take part in the rededication ceremony with Keith Bennett of the Ulster County Veterans Service Agency, and Burton's widow, Lorraine Shultis of Hurley, and to deliver her a flag flown over the United States Capitol in her late husband's honor.

Should you know of any veterans, or their family members, who may be seeking similar assistance, I strongly encourage you to reach out to one of my district offices. We are proud to serve those who have sacrificed so much serving our country. The contact information for our district offices is below:

Delhi Office: (607) 746 9537
Kinderhook Office: (518) 610 8133
Kingston Office: (845) 514 2322

Legislative Corner

House Passes Balanced Budget Plan

Across Upstate New York, families are having to cut back and make sacrifices so they can pay their bills and put food on the table. Our families don't have the option to not have a plan in place to meet their obligations and priorities. Our federal government should be no different.

Over the last several months, my colleagues and I on the Budget Committee have been working on a plan to balance the budget. The “Building a Better America” budget balances within 10 years by cutting unnecessary spending, reforming government, and growing the economy. Our budget proposal achieves $6.5 trillion in total deficit reduction over 10 years, and produces a $9 billion surplus in fiscal year 2027.

On Thursday, the House passed this important measure, and Congress took the first step toward ensuring the same kind of fiscal responsibility from the government that is expected from families throughout Upstate New York and the nation.

For more details on the House-passed budget, click here.


Congressional Delegation Trip to Ottawa to Discuss Agriculture Trade

This weekend I am traveling with Congressional colleagues to meet with Canadian government officials, diplomats and private sector agricultural leaders to discuss our mutual interest in quickly resolving trade issues so we can promote commerce between our two nations. Canada is our most important trading partner and we need to protect and enhance this relationship. Over 600,000 New York State jobs depend on trade with Canada.

In preparation for this event, on Monday I hosted a listening session at Dutch Hollow Farms in Schodack Landing. This listening session provided the opportunity for me to hear from constituent farmers on important agriculture, trade, and Farm Bill issues.


Special Columbus Day Message

On Monday, our nation will celebrate Columbus Day. As one of the only two Italian Americans in the House of Representatives I am particularly proud to honor Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean made possible the mass emigration from Europe to the Americas.


 
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On Monday, I hosted an agriculture listening session at Dutch Hollow Farms in Schodack Landing to . This listening session will provide the opportunity for Congressman Faso to hear from constituent farmers on important agriculture, trade, and Farm Bill issues at Dutch Hollow Farms.
On Monday, I hosted an agriculture listening session at Dutch Hollow Farms in Schodack Landing to . This listening session will provide the opportunity for Congressman Faso to hear from constituent farmers on important agriculture, trade, and Farm Bill issues at Dutch Hollow Farms.
On Monday, I hosted an agriculture listening session at Dutch Hollow Farms in Schodack Landing to . This listening session will provide the opportunity for Congressman Faso to hear from constituent farmers on important agriculture, trade, and Farm Bill issues at Dutch Hollow Farms.
On Monday, I hosted an agriculture listening session at Dutch Hollow Farms in Schodack Landing to . This listening session will provide the opportunity for Congressman Faso to hear from constituent farmers on important agriculture, trade, and Farm Bill issues at Dutch Hollow Farms.