Work Week with Congressman Faso
November 10, 2017

 
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Talking Taxes


Talkin' Taxes with Local Stakeholders

This week I began hosting a series of live events with local businesses, elected officials and families and residents of the 19th Congressional District to discuss the tax reform proposals working through Congress. I am carefully evaluating the House and Senate proposals.

It is critical that I continue to receive input from local residents, elected officials and business leaders, as we work to fix our broken tax code. My goals for tax reform have always been to get our economy moving again, increase worker paychecks, incentivize small business investment and ensure New York families are better off. I am committed to fighting for hardworking taxpayers and creating a fairer tax code for all.

Talkin' Taxes on Capital Tonight

On Monday I joined host Liz Benjamin on "Capital Tonight" to talk tax reform and the importance of ensuring that we have a tax code that is fair and simple, fosters economic growth, and most importantly, works for Upstate New Yorkers. Watch the interview here, or by clicking the image above.

Talkin' Taxes on MSNBC Live

On Thursday I joined host Kristen Welker on MSNBC Live to discuss tax reform proposals in Congress. Watch the interview here, or by clicking the image above.


Saluting our Veterans

For over two centuries the men and women of our armed forces have made sacrifices to protect our freedom and way of life in our great nation.  Each year Veterans Day provides us the opportunity to honor those that have served and thank them for their service.

Not only do we owe our veterans our gratitude on Veterans Day and every day, but we must ensure that they receive the support they need when returning home and the benefits that they have earned for their service. I will always work to support our veterans as it is an honor as a Member of Congress to serve those that served for us.


Connecting with Constituents



Over the weekend I had the privilege of joining veterans of the Vietnam War, Korean War, and World War II, as they departed for an Honor Flight from Stewart International Airport to Washington, DC. Taking part in an Honor Flight event is a truly rewarding experience, and such a great way to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for our country. Joining me in the second photo were Senator Sue Serino and local veteran Jerry Dash.


On Sunday I had a lot of fun celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack. Special thanks to Senior Elder Louise Bliss for taking a moment to snap a shot with me.


Over the weekend I attended a "Veterans Living History Event" in Kingston in Ulster County. Recognizing the service and sacrifice of our veterans is something that is incredibly important to me, and with Veterans Day around the corner I hope that we all can find some time to honor a vet for their service.


In Ulster County last weekend, I had the privilege of participating in a ceremony to honor eight firefighters at the Kingston Professional Firefighters Association, Local 461's annual retirement and awards banquet. This year we honored the retirements of Firefighter John Wullum and Dispatcher Cynthia Reinhardt. Deputy Chief Thomas Gleason and Firefighter Ernest Renn were recognized for 20 years of service. Deputy Chief James Brunner and Firefighter Christopher Alecca were honored by 25 years of service. Finally, Deputy Chief Donald Allen and Firefighter Bradley Klinger were celebrated for 30 years of service. Thanks to all of our first responders for their bravery and sacrifice.



Earlier this week I had the honor of taking part in the American Legion Kingston Post 150 flag dedication ceremony at the Maritime Museum in Kingston in Ulster County. Special thanks to Hugh Reynolds, Lisa Cline, Executive Director Hudson River Maritime Museum, Ken Friss, Commander, American Legion Post 150, and all who were attendance.


On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting with college students from Marist and SUNY Oneonta. They were lobbying on behalf of an inexpensive but significant health program to protect citizens of developing world nations from malaria and other life-threatening diseases.

Combating Lyme Disease


H.R. 4333, The Lyme Disease Research Stamp Act

This week I introduced H.R. 4333, the bipartisan “Lyme Disease Research Stamp Act” alongside Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN). The legislation would establish a United States Postal Service semipostal stamp to raise money for Lyme disease and related tick-borne illness research – at no cost to taxpayers.

Lyme Disease is a scourge that Upstate families know all too well. This debilitating disease stays with its victims for years, and results in immense emotional and financial hardship.  Lyme disease and related tick-borne illnesses are growing rapidly, and it is critically important that as a society we do what we can to educate the public on this epidemic so our communities and families can take the necessary steps to comprehensively address this issue. The Lyme Disease Research Stamp Act is important because it will help raise awareness and money to support comprehensive research efforts to combat and prevent these devastating diseases.

The Lyme Disease Research Stamp Act would establish a United States Postal Service semipostal stamp to raise money for Lyme disease and related tick-borne illness research. The stamp would operate as USPS first-class postage, which postal patrons may voluntarily purchase at a price slightly higher than regular postage to support this cause. Revenue raised would directly benefit critical Lyme disease and related tick-borne illness research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). This market-driven initiative comes at no cost to the taxpayers.

Some of My Other Efforts in Congress to Combat Lyme Disease

  • Member of the House Lyme Disease Caucus.
  • Voted for millions in Lyme and vector-borne disease research funding, in addition to voting for a $2 billion increase in funding to the National Institutes of Health, which conducts important Lyme research.
  • Sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price urging support for the Tick-borne Disease Working Group established under the 21stCentury Cures Act.
  • Met with leading medical professionals and Lyme disease prevention advocates to share information about ongoing Lyme research and education programs, as well as how private companies are working to develop vaccines.

Facts about Lyme Disease:

  • An estimated more than 300,000 new cases of Lyme occur annually.
  • It is found in half of all U.S. counties and on four continents, and it is growing rapidly.
  • It is transmitted by tick bites.
  • Symptoms may begin as flu-like but can affect the nervous system, leading to paralysis, encephalitis, seizures, and death if left untreated.
  • It has no known cure and is difficult to diagnose.
  • More than 3,000 confirmed cases in NY in 2015.
  • 14 States, including New York, account for over 96% of reported cases.

To learn more about this legislation, click here.
For the full text of the legislation, click here.


Medicare Open Enrollment


To all of the 19th District's seniors, a friendly reminder: Medicare open enrollment began on Sunday, October 15 and ends on December 7. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our offices if we can be of assistance through this process.

Happy Birthday Marines


Formed by Captain Samuel Nicholas by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on November 10, 1775, the United States Marine Corps traces its roots to the Continental Marines of the American Revolutionary War. Making today its 242nd birthday. Happy birthday Marines, and thank you to all who have served!

 
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Over the weekend I had the privilege of joining veterans of the Vietnam War, Korean War, and World War II, as they departed for an Honor Flight from Stewart International Airport to Washington, DC. Taking part in an Honor Flight event is a truly rewarding experience, and such a great way to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for our country. Joining me in the second photo were Senator Sue Serino and local veteran Jerry Dash.


On Sunday I had a lot of fun celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack. Special thanks to Senior Elder Louise Bliss for taking a moment to snap a shot with me.


Over the weekend I attended a "Veterans Living History Event" in Kingston in Ulster County. Recognizing the service and sacrifice of our veterans is something that is incredibly important to me, and with Veterans Day around the corner I hope that we all can find some time to honor a vet for their service.


In Ulster County last weekend, I had the privilege of participating in a ceremony to honor eight firefighters at the Kingston Professional Firefighters Association, Local 461's annual retirement and awards banquet. This year we honored the retirements of Firefighter John Wullum and Dispatcher Cynthia Reinhardt. Deputy Chief Thomas Gleason and Firefighter Ernest Renn were recognized for 20 years of service. Deputy Chief James Brunner and Firefighter Christopher Alecca were honored by 25 years of service. Finally, Deputy Chief Donald Allen and Firefighter Bradley Klinger were celebrated for 30 years of service. Thanks to all of our first responders for their bravery and sacrifice.



Earlier this week I had the honor of taking part in the American Legion Kingston Post 150 flag dedication ceremony at the Maritime Museum in Kingston in Ulster County. Special thanks to Hugh Reynolds, Lisa Cline, Executive Director Hudson River Maritime Museum, Ken Friss, Commander, American Legion Post 150, and all who were attendance.


On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting with a couple of 19th District college students from SUNY Oneonta and Marist College to discuss US global health programs, among other things. The young women are participating in an advocacy day with the “Nothing But Nets” campaign.