Work Week with Congressman John Faso
March 31, 2017
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Week in Review

This week I had the honor of paying tribute to Columbia County veteran Bruce Hotaling. Mr. Hotaling was drafted into the Army in 1969 and became a qualifying expert with the M16 rifle. Specialist Hotaling was deployed overseas to Vietnam with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade. For his service to our country, Bruce was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Bruce Hotaling passed away on October 13, 2015. He is survived by his wife Rosemary; sons Bruce Hotaling, Jr., Frank Werner, Chuck Werner, and Wally Werner; his daughter Anna Sukhdeo; and 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Every week I meet with constituents and organizations to listen to their concerns and discuss various policy issues. Click the photo above or here to view a photo gallery of the meetings.

Faso in the News

What’s next in the healthcare debate?

“Well, I think the situation today and tomorrow is the same as it was on [March 24]. That there are many, many people around the state of New York and around the country who are seeing premiums skyrocket, deductibles being unaffordable, and to be fair there are a fair number of people who like the Affordable Care Act.

"But what we need to do now it seems to me is we need to work with any Democrats and Republicans who want to improve the system. I don’t think we should wait for it simply to explode, because we are talking about people’s healthcare. I want to improve the system and I want to try to make legislation which would give us incremental progress towards improving that system: lower premiums, lower deductibles, more available, more flexible health-insurance plans.”

Watch the interview here or click the image above.

Legislative Corner

Faso Protects Online Privacy

I support the need for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to obtain affirmative opt-ins from consumers for their personal information. Ultimately it is consumers who have the right to decide how their information will be used. For these reasons I could not support a vote to roll back privacy protections implemented by the Federal Communications Commission.

The measure passed 215 to 205.

EPA Votes

This week the House voted on bills that pertain to the EPA:

H.R. 1430, the HONEST Act, would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such action is the best available science. I voted NO on H.R. 1430 because I support additional transparency, but want to achieve that goal in a way that does not negatively impact the ability of the EPA to act expeditiously in the event of a public health or environmental emergency.

The measure passed 228 to 194.

H.R. 1431, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, would require the EPA to solicit nominations from the public and federal agencies, including the Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Interior and Health and Human Services departments. Nominees would be required to disclose financial relationships and interests, including EPA grants, contracts or other financial assistance, that are relevant to the board’s advisory activities. I voted YES on H.R. 1431 because it will expand public participation, diversify the makeup of the board, limit nonscientific policy advice, and require disclosures from board members.

The measure passed 229 to 193.

Faso Joins Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus

I have officially joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and I look forward to working with my colleagues to address the impacts of climate change. It’s critical that we work together and provide smart solutions that will conserve our natural resources and protect our communities and infrastructure for future generations.

Learn more about the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus here.

Committee Update

The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition recently welcomed panelists to discuss SNAP’s work program and how we can improve employment and training for SNAP beneficiaries in order to provide them with a hand up. Panelists included Russell Sykes, a noted expert in this field who resides in Greene County.

Watch our remarks here or click the image above. 

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