District Work Week with Congressman Faso Friday, July 7, 2017
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Week in Review

Protecting Jobs, Promoting Economic Growth

This week I held meetings with constituents and business leaders to discuss improving job growth and the local economy. I traveled to Watervliet to tour the US Army Arsenal there and to learn about their business and technology partnerships. Members of the Capital District Area Labor Federation, who represent 100,000 members of the AFL-CIO, also visited me in my Kinderhook office to discuss healthcare-related issues.

Later in the week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Roxbury. I spoke with members about healthcare, the federal budget, and air traffic control reform.

On Friday I joined area CEOs for a roundtable discussion in Otsego County about growing prosperity there, as well as how our elected officials can contribute to a more positive Upstate business climate.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro Award Event at FDR Library

It was a privilege to join my friend, County Executive Marc Molinaro, in Hyde Park this week as he received well-deserved recognition for his work on behalf of people with special needs. Marc has been a champion of the “Think Differently” initiative, which seeks to create an environment of inclusiveness for those with special needs – a group all too often left behind. Think Differently is as innovative as it is warm-hearted, and the work of people like County Executive Molinaro is making a real difference. I know he will continue this laudable work, and we are all grateful for it.

Celebrating Independence Day in Our Community

During the Independence Day holiday weekend I had the honor to take part in several parades and celebrations in our district. The parades took place in Cobleskill, Saugerties, and Windham. In Fort Plain it was the 30th anniversary of their "Fourth on Third." This holiday serves as an important reminder of the sacrifices which have been made over the past 241 years to preserve and protect our freedom as Americans.

Legislative Corner

Childhood Cancer STAR Act

More than 15,000 children each year are diagnosed with cancer. The current survival rate of some childhood cancers is above 80 percent, while others are much lower. Although there has been great advances in research, there still have only been three pediatric cancer drugs approved by the FDA since the 1980s.

I recently cosponsored the bipartisan Childhood Cancer STAR Act. This bill increases research funding and maximizes discovery, development, and accessibility of childhood cancer treatments. I am proud to support this legislation and I will continue to fight for its passage and eventual enactment into law.

"Congressional Corner" Interview

This week I joined host Alan Chartock on WAMC’s “Congressional Corner” to discuss the flooding in Hoosick Falls, the recent decision by the U.S. Coast Guard to suspend its ill-conceived anchorage plan, and health insurance.

Listen to the interview here or click the image above.

Interview with Andrew Whitman on "Richard French Live"

This week I also joined host Andrew Whitman on "Richard French Live" to discuss the healthcare initiatives working their way through Congress, my amendment to cut New Yorkers’ property taxes, and issues involving Russia.
Watch the segment on healthcare here.
Watch the segment on the Faso-Collins Amendment here.
Watch the segment on Russia here.

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