41 More Work 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 February 26

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


“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”  – Joe Biden

There is always a disconnect in Mr. Faso’s weekly newsletter.  Each week the Congressman uses personal connections with photos of constituents to tout the effectiveness of a government program says he supports.

What Mr. Faso doesn’t say is that he supports Donald Trump and the Republican establishment whose budget slashes the funds for the agencies that he says are directly benefiting NY-19.

This week alone he proudly promotes the Department of Agriculture (Habitat for Humanity loan financing).  Under Trump’s proposed budget, the Department of Agriculture will have its budget cut by 3.5 billion or 15%, endangering many programs that benefit the rural community of NY-19. – – including eliminating Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program the very program he touts in Work Week with John Faso.

Congressman Faso also spends a paragraph on Amtrak safety which he calls an “important issue.”  Here’s the fact, in the proposed budget, the federal grants to Amtrak will be gutted by 50%.  Amtrak and rail service is vital to NY-19.  We need an administration and a Congress that will fund it property.  This is a economic development and a safety issue.  No more excuses or apologizing for your party’s neglect, Mr. Faso.

Additionally, Congressman Faso trumpets his work on the Opioid Crisis and supporting local hospitals.  John, you can run but you can’t hide from your disastrous vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  Local hospitals would shutter without the ACA.  Many fighting opioid addiction depend on insurance to get the proper treatment.  

His band-aids do not cover up that Mr. Faso voted to take vital healthcare away from his constituents.

Hudson Valley Duck Producers

I took a tour of Hudson Valley Foie Gras to learn more about their poultry business. HVFG specializes in a variety of high-end duck and chicken products, and along with fellow Sullivan County producer La Belle Farm, the companies combine for $60 million in annual gross sales. The companies employ hundreds of workers in the area.

As part of our discussion, HVFG also raised the ongoing negotiations regarding DACA. The company employs a number of workers who have registered in the DACA program and I reiterated my view that Congress needs to enact legislation to provide eligible DACA recipients with permanent US residency.

Under this administration and this Department of Justice, families are being separated. Local farmers are hurting because of the Republican’s cruel and short-sighted immigration policies.

Spurring Technological Advancement to Address Climate Change
I joined my colleague Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) in introducing the bipartisan Challenges and Prizes for Climate Act of 2018 to spur innovation in key areas to combat climate change.

Earth to John Faso:

You belong to a party that doesn’t believe in Climate Change, and is led by a President who pulled our country out of the Paris Climate agreement, opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge  — and much of the US East and West coasts to oil drilling, while promoting the use of coal.


Mr. Faso, does address Gun Safety in his newsletter. However, we are going to respond to Mr. Faso’s letter in the Berkshire Eagle from Friday, February 23.

Letter: Won’t support gun rule that is unfair, ineffective

To the editor:

In a letter to the editor posted on Feb. 19, David Anderegg laments the passing of legislation that would repeal an Obama-era rule related to utilizing the Social Security Administration to restrict people from purchasing a firearm. I supported repealing the proposed rule as it was a violation of basic constitutional due process rights. The rule would prevent any person who has their Social Security disability benefits managed by someone else from purchasing a firearm.

I support restricting those with diagnosed mental illnesses from purchasing a firearm, something that has been law since the 1960s. However, I cannot support an overly broad restriction that would include people who have others manage their finances or have eating disorders.

The ACLU and the American Association of People with Disabilities supported my position. The ACLU characterized the rule as not meeting the criteria of being “fair, effective and not based on prejudice or stereotype.”

Moving forward, I have supported in the past and continue to support strengthened background check proposals like the one included in the FIXNics legislation originally written by the bipartisan team of Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT). The House version of this proposal passed as a part of H.R. 38 and I would support it if it came up for a vote as a stand-alone bill.

Rep. John Faso


Dear Congressman Faso:

Thank you for your response.

 We are thrilled to learn that you would vote for stand-alone bill to strengthen background checks. 

Last time I checked your party controls the Senate, the Presidency and your chamber The House of Representatives.  

 You have the power to introduce a stand-alone bill. Your party is the majority party and could get strengthened background checks into law. 

If you had the courage of your convictions, you would do so.  Of course, this will jeopardize your “A” rating from the NRA and might do the same for the flow of NRA donations to your campaign. 

So, while we thank you for your statement of support for the stricter gun safety laws, until you take action, your words ring hollow.


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

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