Work Week with Congressman Faso
September 8, 2017

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ICYMI: New York 19 in the News

Faso meets with Greene EMS professionals and helps Columbia firefighters

"Greene County EMS professionals did not have to take a sick day last week when they met with U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19.

Greene County EMS Chief Stephen Brucato and EMS Coordinator Sean Hotaling met Faso at his regional office in Kinderhook last Friday to discuss two projects that will provide better care for patients and protection for EMS providers.

Faso is also showing the love to first responders from Columbia County." ...

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Faso bill would extend grant program for veteran, young farmers get started producing

"Local veterans and farmers advocates support federal legislation that will reauthorize funding to help veterans and young aspiring farmers to start up in the field as the large portion of the farming population ages out.

The bill introduced by U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, will extend the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas program, that provides grants for budding farmers and veterans looking to enter farming, which is set to expire next year." ...

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

"Congressman John Faso 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."

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Legislative Corner

House Considers Critical Program Funding

This week the House began consideration of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2018. This appropriations measure invests in vital programs like fighting the scourge of heroin addiction, beating back Lyme Disease, and supporting Upstate farms. Additionally, the legislation provides strong support to environmental programs, community development, and funding for medical research. The size and scope of these programs is wide-ranging, but each went through a rigorous analysis by Democrats and Republicans on the Appropriations Committee. Most importantly, this bill aims to set our country on a path of fiscal responsibility, by reducing and eliminating payments to some wasteful government programs.

Fighting for Clean Water

Of special note, this 2018 spending package includes approximately $17 million in funding for United States Department of Agriculture’s Circuit Rider Program. This local initiative provides the primary support to small communities to operate safe and clean drinking water and wastewater systems. Circuit riders are constantly in the field working with our rural water operators providing clean and reliable drinking water to millions of Americans.  

Additionally, I supported an amendment offered by Rep. John Katko (R-NY) which will provide an additional $250 million to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund which provides low-cost financing for a variety of water infrastructure projects. I supported this increase because the Clean Water SRF supports much need water infrastructure improvements throughout our district and Upstate New York.

Wrapping Up Appropriations Next Week

Next week the House will conclude debate, finish voting on amendments, and vote on final passage of Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations legisaltion. While we still have work to do, I feel confident that the work the House is doing is a step in the right direction to curb wasteful spending while safeguarding critical programs for Upstate New York.

Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims

On Friday the House passed a supplemental appropriations bill allocating $15.25 billion in initial disaster relief to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. It is of paramount importance that the relevant government agencies have the proper resources to take these natural disasters head on and to provide relief to all those affected. The legislation now awaits approval from the President.

Recapping the Esopus Town Hall

In case you weren't able to attend my third town hall event in Esopus last Thursday watch it here, or click the image above.

Save the Date: Otsego Veterans Resource Fair

Save the Date Veterans Resource Fair

On September 23 I will be hosting a Veterans Fair at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. On hand will be an array of experts to help our vets with everything from getting the healthcare they need to career and employment assistance. The importance of getting help to our veterans as they transition back into their communities cannot be overstated – if you are a veteran or you know a veteran who might benefit from an event like this, please encourage them to attend. Our office stands ready to help.

The event will include experts who can help veterans obtain access to: Benefits, Disability Claims, Education, Choice Card, Eligibility, Healthcare, Employment, Housing, and more.

What: Veterans Assistance Fair
Where: Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St, Oneonta, NY 13820
When: Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Who: Congressman Faso, his staff, and an array of experts to help our vets
Contact: (607) 746-9537

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