40 More Works Weeks with Congressman 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 2

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

Appearing on C-SPAN to Discuss School Safety and Firearm Policy

On Wednesday morning, I joined C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program to discuss school safety and firearm policy. School safety and reducing incidents of gun violence are urgent issues.  I responded to questions from callers from around the nation.

Not So Fast Faso:

In his C-Span appearance, Congressman Faso fails to support serious steps to halt the spread of gun violence…despite the horrendous loss of lives, and threats to schools in his District.

  • He did not support expanding background checks for people at gun shows.
  • He supports the concealed carry law, allowing people from all over the country to come into NYS with guns on their hip and add to gun violence…in schools or elsewhere.
  • He says he will give only “serious consideration” to prohibiting semi-automatic guns to anyone under 21 years old.
  • He refuses to take a stand against arming teachers.
  • He refuses to take a stand against the sale of any type of assault rifles…instead falling back on the difficulty in defining them.
  • Faso voted to overturn an Obama-era regulation that would have added 75,000 mentally unstable people to the national background check database, individuals who receive disability benefits for mental health conditions that prevent them from managing their own affairs (H.J. Res. 40.
Treasury Needs to Weigh in on Proposed Tax Changes

I wrote to the U.S. Department of the Treasury inquiring how the federal government would treat proposed tax changes currently under consideration by the Governor and the state legislature. The proposals under consideration in Albany are part of an effort to minimize the limitation on deductibility of state and local taxes enacted as part of U.S. tax reform last December. I’ve heard from constituents who were curious how these proposed changes could affect their financial planning. Read a copy of the letter in this Albany Times Union story.

Not So Fast Faso:

Faso always likes to describe his votes as working for the people in his district.   On the Republican tax reform bill, he explained his No vote in the House last December by questioning only the bill’s effect on NY State policy of deductions for state and local taxes, like sales, income and property taxes, just the question he repeats  in this recent newsletter.

Are we supposed to be impressed by this?   The Senate version of the Republican tax bill gives the very rich, the top 1%, a tax break, raises taxes on nearly half of middle class families, slashes funding for Medicare, guts children’s healthcare, eliminates deductions for student loans, and cuts Social Security.  And an analysis from Congress’s bipartisan tax referee organization shows that under both the Senate and House versions of the bill, lower-income Americans would see their taxes go up by 2021.  This is where the real importance of this bill is, John Faso, this is what your Republican tax plan really does:  Households making more than $5 million get an average tax cut of $300,000 while those making less than $55,000 get a tax hike.  By crushing the middle class with higher taxes, you’ve betrayed the people you swore to protect.

FROM THE LINK BELOW:  Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said in an email, “This is John Faso’s M.O. — stand by while his fellow Republicans raise income and property taxes on his constituents, and then try to undermine efforts to protect New Yorkers from these vicious hikes. The people of this state aren’t stupid and will see right through this stunt.”

Faso to IRS: Is Cuomo’s proposed ‘charitable’ deduction legal?

Lifelong Dedication to the Veteran Community

Bob Becker honorably served our country as a member of the Marine Corps and has continued to serve his community as a lifelong advocate for the causes he believes in.  On Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a ceremony recognizing Mr. Becker for being named the recipient of the Four Chaplains Brotherhood Award.

Not so fast, Faso: 

Yes, we must absolutely support our veterans, but you don’t. You see, they need you to REALLY support them, not just attend ceremonies.  When you had the chance to vote to increase funding for veteran services in your budget committee, you voted against increasing funds for badly needed veterans’ services (July 21, 2017). Shame on you Congressman for falsely telling your constituents that you support veterans.  

Supporting Arc of Ulster-Greene

The Arc of Ulster-Greene is a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to individuals with disabilities so they can live a full life. The organization provides services for individuals starting as young as pre-school and into adulthood.   This past weekend, I attended a benefit event that will aid Arc of Ulster-Greene in their mission of helping our most vulnerable by providing assistance for maintaining and expanding services.

Not So Fast Faso:

John Faso was one of the 213 Republicans who voted YEA on HR620, a bill that weakens incentives for businesses to comply with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), effectively gutting the law.

American Alliance of Museums

I met with local representatives from the American Alliance of Museums to discuss funding and education policy. The 19th District boasts a particularly large number of museums and cultural institutions, which are integral to the region’s economy. I support funding for the competitive grant programs which have benefited numerous museums throughout our district.

Not So Fast, Faso:

According to the Washington Post, Trump’s budget proposal calls for drastically reducing the funding to begin closing the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2018/02/12/trumps-budget-eliminates-nea-public-tv-and-other-cultural-agencies-again/?utm_term=.f5f11d0fd385



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

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

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