Only 28 More 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 May 27

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

Faso:  It’s the way he votes that counts

As he always does, Faso talks a big game about how he protects and promotes the interests of the voters, but then votes in the House nearly 90% of the time for the Republican/Trump bills–that deprive most voters of their basic needs.  His voting pattern compared with his words show what a hypocrite he is. Look, for example, at his claims in his May 25 newsletter:

Veterans, health care

Faso attends events honoring veterans whom he praises as deserving of recognition.” But these tributes don’t mean much in the real world when Faso voted against increasing funding for veterans services (7.21.17), and voted for the Republican health bill (1.13.17) that drastically cuts Medicare and other health care benefits and protections that veterans and their families depend on. Further, he voted (7.21.17) against an amendment in the Republican health care plan that supported guaranteed health benefits under Medicare and opposed the establishment of a Medicare voucher program.

Farm Bill and Immigration

“The Farm Bill is critically important legislation that will help our farmers continue to feed the world. Additionally, our immigration system is badly broken and it is well past time for Congress to act on legislation to strengthen our border security, ensure Upstate farmers can hire seasonal guest workers, and allow DACA recipients to continue contributing to American society.”

But the DACA program, aiming to restore to immigrants the right to work and participate in American society, is in constant peril from the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress, including Faso, who aim to reduce the flow of immigrants to this country, and insist that the main problem is border security.

EPA and pollution of drinking water

“I wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt questioning the Agency on if they have been delaying the release of a study on pollutants found in New York water. . . . If this is true, the EPA should immediately reverse course and support the release of this study upon its completion.”

Faso pretends to be outraged at one local delay from Scott Pruitt’s EPA of a study on water pollution, when Pruitt actually is set on destroying the whole national oversight the EPA has had on keeping our water and our whole environment safe.  And Pruitt aims to open up our natural resources to further polluting by oil and gas conglomerates. This is where Faso really stands, with big oil, fracked gas, and the fossil fuel industry. He has been a lobbyist for these industries. One example of his real position on water pollution is his vote in the House, in 2017, for the Hydropower Policy Modernization Act, which sets as the priority the profits of power companies over the health of people, rivers, wildlife and the communities that depend on them.

Scaffold Law and worker protections

New York’s antiquated 19th century Scaffold Law is hurting the Gateway Project. . . . The project is currently slated to cost an estimated $13 billion, with $300 million of this caused by bloated insurance costs as a result of the Scaffold Law. This only in New York law does nothing to improve safety. It’s time to dump this needless law.”

Not so Fast Faso:

Why should we believe Faso when he says a law does nothing to improve worker safety, when he voted against work-related injury protection by weakening employer’s obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of injuries and illnesses (3.1.17).  He also voted to endanger workers’ lives by repealing worker injury reporting requirements from Federal contractors (2.2.17). Worker safety is obviously not a top priority for him.

School-based Health Centers Reauthorization is Long Overdue

New York has the largest statewide network of SBHCs in the country and they are increasingly important in rural Upstate communities. These health providers fill geographic service gaps and ensure that students are receiving necessary care, such as preventative check-ups, dental services, and mental health services.

I am glad we have a bipartisan coalition that recognizes the importance of SBHCs. This week, I led the introduction of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the School-Based Health Centers program.

Not So Fast Faso:

Faso endorses a bill to reauthorize funding for school-based health centers, which is a good thing. But if he supports school-based health centers, why did he vote for an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill that would have slashed Medicaid? Does he think that only children deserve healthcare? Wake up and smell the coffee, Faso–a large percentage of your rural constituents are on Medicaid.

In discussing a meeting with northern NY business leaders and Canadian representatives, Faso talked about the need to ensure that trade between our two countries is fair. Fair enough, Faso, but why support a President who has threatened to cancel NAFTA entirely if 680,000 New York jobs depend on trade with Canada? Think about it.

Is the EPA Slowing Release of Study on PFOA and PFOS Pollutants?

I wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt questioning the Agency on if they have been delaying the release of a study on pollutants found in New York water. From the letter:

Over the last three years, thousands of residents in New York have been suffering from contaminated water supplies due to Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and another Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). As you know, the physical structure of PFOA allows it to easily be transported in groundwater, creating a long-term public health risk.

Recently, I have heard reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has slowed the release of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) study which details the human health impacts of PFOA and PFOS. If this is true, the EPA should immediately reverse course and support the release of this study upon its completion.

Not so fast, Faso!

You might as well tell us you’re going to hold your breath until you turn blue to get EPA to do — you know, what EPA is supposed to do, i.e. protect the air we breathe and the water we drink. We need a Congressman who will actually do something other than write a letter — or hold his breath — someone who will speak out against the policies of Trump and Pruitt and speak truth to power.  But you’re not doing that. Why, it seems you secretly agree with them!

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

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