Work Week with John Faso
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Week in Review

This week I met with New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher, Vice President Eric Ooms and Board Member Patrick McCormick. They expressed their support for the start of the recent rollback of the overreaching WOTUS rule.

I also had a productive discussion with our 19th District appointee to the Interagency Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, Dr. Richard Horowitz, about the successfully passed healthcare reform 21st Century Cures Act, which contains critical national provisions to research and treat the illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dutchess County had the most new reported cases of Lyme disease from 2000 to 2014 in New York State, and Columbia County had the most new cases per capita.

See more photos from the week here.

President Trump's Joint Address

President Trump’s Joint Address to Congress laid out a bold agenda of tax relief, national security strength and job creation through increased economic growth. I am optimistic that the Congress will work with the president on policies where we agree, and partner in a bipartisan way to deliver results for New Yorkers and all Americans. Read more here.

Member Day Hearings for House Appropriations

This week I had the opportunity to speak at a Member Day Hearing for the House Appropriations Committee. I advocated for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Many families in my district heat their homes with heating oil which is one of the more expensive forms of energy, especially during the harsh winter months. Read more here and watch my testimony here.

I also spoke in support of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. The Capital Region’s local industry and economy can greatly benefit from these programs which is why I testified in front of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies in support of funding for the EDA. Read more here and watch my testimony here.

Legislative Corner

An increase in legal opioids and illegal drugs has led to an epidemic that is devastating our communities. While there is no simple solution, I am working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to end opioid abuse and save lives. I recently cosponsored two pieces of legislation that will aid us in this fight.

H.R. 664, the STOP OD Act of 2017, expands funding for treatment and education. You can learn more about the legislation here.

H.R. 1057, STOP ACT of 2017, helps thwart dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil from being shipped across US borders. The bill requires foreign postal operators to supply advance electronic data to the U.S. Postal Service, which will enable federal law enforcement agencies to track high-risk shipments. You can learn more about the legislation here.

Iran Deal, Seasonal Employee Visas Letters

I recently sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson requesting that he answer a series of questions regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. You may read the letter in its entirety here.

In a bipartisan letter to Acting Secretary of Labor Edward Hugler, I requested that the Department of Labor address and fix the significant delay in the processing of H-2B visas. Seasonal workers are vital to our local economy. These visas are expensive and already take more time than necessary. The added delays will adversely affect local businesses who depend on the help of seasonal workers as well as the broader economy: for every H-2B employee hired, 4.64 American jobs are created and supported. I encourage you to read the letter in its entirety here.

Affordable Care Act Update

I continued my discussions with Congressional leadership, including the chairmen of the Ways and Means Committee as well as the Energy and Commerce Committee, where the Affordable Care Act reform bill is expected to be marked up next week. At the same time, our New York delegation members are fighting for reforms that do not pull out the rug from anyone and provide patients with access to an affordable plan they can trust. I also continue to meet with healthcare providers including nonprofit federally qualified health center Cornerstone Family Healthcare, which is scheduled to open a new family-practice site in Plattekill (Ulster County) later this year.

Faso Speaks with Poughkeepsie Journal
Thanks to the Poughkeepsie Journal for the thoughtful conversation with its editorial team about 19th District issues. If you missed the livestream watch the replay here.

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