Friday, February 10, 2017
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Poughkeepsie Journal Op-Ed: 'Reform and fix' the ACA
Issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been a major source of debate and controversy over the past seven years. Enacted in 2010, the ACA was the signature effort of President Obama to lower the number of uninsured individuals in our nation. While it did provide new coverage to approximately 20 million Americans – 12 million under Medicaid and 8 million on health exchanges – it has also had a number of unintended and undesirable consequences.

Read more on the Poughkeepsie Journal's website here.

Faso Joins Tucker Carlson on Fox News

I talked with Tucker Carlson about Trump's executive order on immigration that was neither well-drafted nor well-implemented. Click the image above or here to watch the interview.

Legislative Recap
This week the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act, bipartisan legislation that passed unanimously by voice vote.

The Email Privacy Act ensures that as technology advances, our privacy protections under the Fourth Amendment are not diminished in the process. Currently, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the government may access emails on a public server that are more than six months old without a warrant. Under the current version of the ECPA, emails newer than six months old are already protected. H.R. 387 modifies the ECPA to state that governmental agencies must obtain a warrant to search Americans’ emails, regardless of when they were sent. 

I became an original cosponsor of H.R. 931, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017. This bill was introduced by Congressman Chris Collins of Western New York.

For decades, firefighters have been exposed to chemicals and toxins that other citizens have not. This exposure puts our brave men and women at an increased risk for cancer. In fact, some studies show that roughly 60 percent of firefighter line-of-duty deaths can be attributed to cancer. Unfortunately, our society and medical professionals still do not have complete data on this correlation. This lack of data limits medical researchers’ ability to fully examine these cancer trends and develop new safety protocols.

H.R. 931 will create a specialized voluntary national firefighter cancer registry. This data set will allow researchers to better understand the correlation between the chemicals used to suppress fires and their cancer-causing effects. I am proud to be an original cosponsor on this piece of legislation that will potentially lead to new discoveries and advancements in safety protocols and, hopefully, save lives.

I am also an original cosponsor of H.R. 909, a measure to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by acts of violence or threats of violence against their pets, also known as the PAWS Act. This bill was introduced by Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts.

For victims of domestic violence, animals often serve as an important source of love and support. Studies show that many women have even delayed leaving abusive situations when they felt their pet’s safety was at risk. In order to address these harmful situations, H.R. 909 establishes a grant program to help shelters accommodate domestic abuse victims and their companion animals. I am proud to support this legislation that will empower abused women.

Faso in the District

I met with Village of Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery, Village of Ames Mayor Michael McMahon and Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort to discuss the Beech-Nut facility in Canajoharie.

Don't Fall Prey to This Latest Phone Scam

Have you heard about this latest phone scam? If you receive a call and an automated voice asks "Can you hear me?," hang up and report the call to the Better Business Bureau. Learn more on how to protect yourself and your family here.

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