Congressional Baseball Game 2017
America needed “America’s game” this week. The annual Congressional Baseball Game for charity, a tradition since 1909, went ahead as scheduled. Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, wounded by gunfire on Wednesday, stood before a cheering crowd of supporters and threw out the first pitch. I was on hand to root on my Republican and Democratic colleagues in friendly rivalry. In the end, the Democrats took home the prize, but awarded the trophy to Republicans in solidarity with Majority Whip Steve Scalise, another unifying gesture among many scenes of bipartisan cooperation that evening.
Veterans Advisory Committee Meeting
Our Veterans Advisory Committee was established to hear from 19th Congressional District veterans and contribute to more effective policy decision-making at the federal level. With the recent, and welcome, announcement that the VA will incorporate the same electronic health records system as the Defense Department, beefing up cybersecurity and cutting down on hundreds of millions of dollars in duplicative systems and taxpayer waste, the Advisory Committee met this week in Cobleskill to discuss how we can improve physical and behavioral health locally, among other topics. The meeting preceded passage this week of my cosponsored VETERAN Act, which allows veterans to receive premium tax credits for private health insurance. Special thanks to all of our participants for their commitment to these issues and service to our nation.
Discussing Land and Water Conservation with Teddy Roosevelt’s Great-Grandson
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped to preserve thousands of acres since Congress created it in 1964. New York has received over $300 million from the LWCF for a number of different projects and is a major beneficiary of the state-managed LWCF State Grant Program. The 19th District has directly benefited from a number of LWCF-funded projects, including the FDR National Historic Site, Ticeteneyck Mountain in Ulster County, and the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. This year I was proud to cosponsor bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Theodore Roosevelt IV of the LWCF Coalition stopped by to share his support for the Fund and the importance of conserving our region’s abundant and beautiful natural resources for future generations. The Bull Moose would have agreed.