Work Week with Congressman John Faso
Friday, May 19, 2017
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Week in Review

National Police Week

National Police Week is a time for us to recognize the men and women of law enforcement who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and an opportunity to say thank you to those who keep us safe.

Trade with Canada

This week I welcomed Canadian members of Parliament from Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec. We discussed dairy trade, NAFTA and regulatory cooperation that would strengthen our countries' ties.

Lyme Disease Prevention

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease and related tick-borne illnesses are epidemics in Upstate New York and pose a serious threat to public health. With more than 300,000 new cases of Lyme diagnosed annually, action must be taken to better prevent and combat this disease. As a member of the Lyme Disease Caucus, I am committed to fighting for more effective Lyme disease research, new technologies and treatments, and prevention education. Protect yourself and your loved ones today by learning more about important Lyme disease research as well as what steps are being taken to ramp up prevention and find a cure. Continuing my work on Lyme disease, this week I met with CDC representatives including Dr. Ben Beard, Chief of the Bacterial Diseases Branch in the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. During our meeting we had an in-depth conversation about ongoing Lyme research and education programs, as well as how private companies are working to develop vaccines. There is no silver bullet to combat this devastating disease, but I believe better public education and more federal research can lead to significant advancements.

Legislative Corner

Airplane KiTS Act

I recently introduced legislation called the Airplane Kids in Transit Safety (KiTS) Act with Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) that would upgrade emergency medical supplies to include child-sized doses aboard passenger aircraft.

This is common-sense legislation everyone can support. Airlines should equip their fleets with life-saving medical supplies that meet the specific needs of children. I’m pleased to see strong third-party support for this positive change. An airline should never be unprepared or ill-equipped, especially at 30,000 feet in the air.

Learn more about the bill here.

Thin Blue Line Act

Those who target our first responders with intent to kill are among the most evil individuals on earth. They deserve to feel the full force of the law during sentencing. Currently, killing a first responder or local law enforcement officer is not an aggravating factor when judges are considering the death penalty.

This week I voted for the Thin Blue Line Act, which toughens penalties, changes oversight and brings local officers and first responders under the protection of these aggravating factors for death penalty determinations. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in 2017 there have been 51 deaths of officers in the line of duty, an increase of 34 percent since this time last year.


This week I was proud to cosponsor the Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now (VETERAN) Act, which would provide financial support for veterans who are eligible for VA benefits but choose to seek healthcare through a private provider on the individual insurance market. This updates and fixes the law, permanently. Veterans who currently receive healthcare subsidies to buy private health insurance will not see their benefits change in any way. Learn more about the VETERAN Act here.

Condemning China’s Dog Meat Festival

Having listened to your concerns, I cosponsored H.Res.30 earlier this year to condemn the Yulin dog meat festival in rural China. I was pleased to learn of reports this week indicating that Chinese authorities plan to ban the sale of dog meat at this disturbing exhibition. The Yulin dog meat festival poses significant food safety and animal welfare concerns to the global community, and I am hopeful Chinese officials will heed public pressure and follow through on this ban.

Faso Joins Congressional Fire Services Caucus

The Fire Services Caucus is one of the largest in Congress. This bipartisan caucus supports legislation that benefits our first responders and increases fire safety. Learn more here.

Faso Talks Farm Labor Issues with Sec. Perdue

I had the opportunity to discuss farm labor issues with new US Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. We focused on how the availability of a seasonal labor supply is crucial to the success of our local family farms. Watch the discussion here or click the image above.

WAMC Congressional Corner

I recently spoke with Dr. Alan Chartock on WAMC’s Congressional Corner. Tune in to all three segments below.

Click here or the image above to listen.

Click here or the image above to listen.

Click here or the image above to listen.

Hudson Valley Focus Live with Tom Sipos

This week I appeared on WKIP 1450AM’s Hudson Valley Focus Live with Tom Sipos to provide an update on my legislative activities. You can listen to the hourlong interview here or by clicking the image above.

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