38 More Works Weeks with Congressman John Faso

Welcome to the response to John Faso’s weekly newsletter “Work Week With Congressman Faso.”

Each week we will highlight what the Congressman is neglecting to tell his constituents, point out his inconsistencies and hypocrisies and show how he damages NY-19 with his devotion to Trump and the Republican Agenda.

Week Ending March 16

John Faso’s statements from his weekly newsletter are in red:

HUD Owes Bliss Towers Immediate Intervention

The living conditions at Bliss Towers in Hudson are completely unacceptable. What I saw during a recent visit combined with reading the recent inspection reports made it clear that Bliss Towers needs immediate intervention from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This week, I sent a letter to Secretary Ben Carson urging the headquarters in Washington D.C. to intervene in order to spur the Buffalo Regional Office into action. Under HUD’s watch, the conditions at Bliss Towers have deteriorated to the point where the building necessitates immediate intervention.
By bringing this to the attention of Secretary Carson, it is my hope that immediate progress will be made and HUD’s regional office in Buffalo will step up to the plate to solve this problem.

Not So Fast Faso:

If you’re hanging your hopes for an immediate intervention from HUD on a letter to Ben Carson, I’ve got $31,000 table I’d like to sell you.

Like many of our vital U.S. departments (Education, State, etc.), HUD is being decimated by incompetent and neglectful leadership. Ben Carson is one of the main offenders. If you really cared about Housing and Urban Development, you would not belong to a party that elevated the likes of Ben Carson to be its Secretary.

Expanding Access to School-Based Health Centers

School-Based Health Centers are critically important providers of healthcare in Upstate New York. These SBHCs primarily operate in underserved communities, and are increasingly important in Otsego, Delaware, and Schoharie counties. SBHCs play a crucial role in the provision of primary care services to school children, along with dental screenings and mental health services. I recently cosponsored H.R. 1027 the Hallways to Health Act, which creates a grant program to expand the availability of school-based health centers throughout the nation.


The Trump administration is seeking to cut more than $3 billion from the Education Department while investing $1.6 billion to support private school vouchers and other school choice programs. School-based Health Centers are in the crosshairs of your party’s budget.

Meet the Newest 98 Year Old Citizen!

Joseph L. Hais is a native of Haiti who began his quest for U.S. citizenship in Boston in 1999. After numerous setbacks and three daughters becoming naturalized citizens before him, Joseph has had his day. On Friday, at the young age of 98, he became a United States Citizen and proved it’s never too late to accomplish a dream.  I was thrilled to be able to attend the ceremony and support Joseph in his achievement.

John, you support a President who called Haiti and countries like it…what was that word again?

Targeting Rare Diseases with Robust Research

The National Fragile X Foundation advocates for individuals who have Fragile X syndrome, sometimes referred to as Martin-Bell syndrome. It was a pleasure to meet with three Upstate New Yorkers from Tillson who are involved in the Fragile X Foundation. We discussed research funding at the CDC and National Institutes of Health (NIH). I fully support robust research funding to target rare diseases.

Not So Fast, Faso:

Rep. Faso is undoubtedly aware that the Trump administration’s 2018 budget requests for the CDC and the NIH are both 17% below current funding levels. That’s an enormous cut, and it’s unlikely that any research on rare diseases such as fragile X will be done if the republican congress accepts Trump’s proposal.

Faso can try to hide behind his nice-sounding promotion of robust medical research funding.  But because Trump’s budget, which Faso and fellow Republicans support, so drastically cuts medical research at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and NIH, Faso will never have to come through on his bogus promise.  And he knows it.

The Republican budget deals sweeping cuts to science and health agencies, and, in some cases, targets specific programs championed by the Obama administration.  The National Institutes of Health, for example, gets a budget cut of 18 percent to $25.9 billion. The NIH funds much of the disease research at universities and hospitals and carries out its own research programs.  Cancer research scientists are especially worried about funding for multi-year epidemiology studies at the NIH’s cancer institute, where even short interruptions can hinder a study. And the one center named for complete elimination is the Fogarty International Center, whose mission is global health.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cuts are less clear, but although we know that epidemics are international in nature, this budget does not mention anything about funding the CDC’s global work.

Who do you think you’re fooling, John Faso?  We all see that you talk one way but turn your back on us when it comes time to vote for the Republican agenda.

New York State Association of Realtors

The New York State Association of Realtors have firsthand knowledge of the local economy through their work in the housing market. I met with NYSAR this week to discuss the impact of the new tax code and flood insurance measures. I will continue working with them on solutions that will ensure an active and flourishing real estate market that encourages investment and homeownership in our Upstate communities.

Not So Fast Faso:

The impact of the new tax code on real estate–which Faso voted against after being given permission by house GOP leadership, who already had enough votes–will be horrendous for real estate in District 19. Because people can no longer deduct state and local taxes to reduce their federal taxes, fewer of them will buy houses, and it will be harder to sell houses. Construction of affordable housing, meanwhile, will be delayed because of huge cuts in the HUD budget, approved by HUD secretary Ben Carson. And there would be less need for flood insurance if our govt. Did something about climate change!

That’s it for this week’s rebuttal.

To be continued next week….

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That’s it for this week’s rebuttal.
To be continued next week….

Catskills Freedom Network is a federally registered political committee. Prepared by CFN PAC and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. catskillsfreedom.org