Only 16 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 August 17
John Faso’s statements from his weekly newsletter are in red:
The Senate Should Pass the STOP Act without Delay
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that drug overdoses killed more than 72,300 Americans last year, a surge of roughly 10% from the previous year. Much of the uptick has been attributed to the fact that these drugs are becoming stronger, and thus, more dangerous. Synthetic drugs such as fentanyl are multiple times stronger than heroin but are similar in appearance, which makes it harder to differentiate on the street.
Last month, the House passed a comprehensive opioids package that included the STOP Act – bipartisan legislation I championed that would help mitigate the shipment of synthetic drugs through our country’s borders. The STOP Act is a key component of the strategy to combat these synthetic drugs. It is now time for the Senate to pass this critically needed legislation and send it to the President’s desk. Together, we can combat the opioid crisis and help those suffering to recover. With the STOP Act, we can reduce the threat of synthetic opioids by stopping them before they reach our communities.
Faso pretends to be leading fight on opioid crisis
Faso is trying to impress us with his supposed leadership in fighting against the opioid epidemic. But look at how partial and small-minded his measures are. He’s not talking about, and hoping we know nothing about, the big picture on opioids and the effect of the Republican measures recently passed—
- The Republicans’ Trumpcare health care plan is sabotaging health care, cutting funding for Medicare and Medicaid, causing health care and prescription drug rates to go up, and actively taking away coverage for pre-existing conditions. Those families suffering from the opioid epidemic depend on Medicare and Medicaid for treatment, as do seniors and veterans. Faso voted for Trumpcare.
- Where are the funds for supporting your STOP Act and establishing recovery centers for the opioid epidemic? The 2018 Annual Report of the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds tells us that the Medicare program is projected to run out of money eight years from now, including the part of Medicare that reimburses hospitals for caring for seniors and the disabled.
- Your emphasis on the STOP Act, cracking down on the drug traffic, shows you’re avoiding the real, central remedies to the opioid crisis—We need funding for research to improve treatment and prevention, for monitoring the results of such efforts, and for working with healthcare communities. This need is trivial compared to the massive tax cut you and the Republicans have given to the richest Americans.
National Defense Authorization Act Signed into Law
This year’s National Defense Authorization Act continues our efforts to significantly improve the nation’s military readiness while also equipping our warfighters with the tools they need to succeed on the battlefield. Last year, eighty members of the military died as a result of non-combat training-related accidents, nearly four times more than the number of troops who have died in combat. According to the Air Force, only 71% of Air Force aircraft were mission-capable at any given time during fiscal year 2017. This is unacceptable.
Efficiently rebuilding the military has been one of my biggest priorities. I was proud to vote for this widely bipartisan bill which also contains the largest pay increase for our troops in the past decade. It continues this Congress’ commitment to the men and women who sacrifice daily to keep us safe.
Faso “rebuilding the military” but at whose expense?
Shame on you, Faso. How can you claim to be supporting our troops when your Republican Budget slashes veterans’ health and life resources? Will Fischer, Iraq War Veteran and Director of Government Relations for VoteVets, says it best:
“As those who served this nation in uniform, we cannot be more clear—we will not accept increases to the VA Budget and DOD Budget, on the backs of the poor, seniors, and the security and safety of the American people. We will not allow Donald Trump to pit veterans and the military against everyone else. We can pay for an increase in force structure, and more resources at the VA, while keeping important programs intact for seniors, working Americans and those Americans facing hard times. We can also fund programs that build alliances overseas, and prevent the climate disaster that General Mattis has deemed a top national security threat.
Instead the Trump/Republican budget tells Americans they believe an F-35 is more important than providing Meals on Wheels to an elderly woman starving to death in Georgia. They say America must pick between new equipment at the VA or heating assistance for a family on hard times in states like Indiana who may freeze to death. His budget says we must pick between a naval fleet, or a safe, responsible, and accountable air traffic control system, to ensure safe air travel for millions.
These are choices we do not need to make. Donald Trump and the Republicans should be ashamed that they are forcing such an un-American budget down the throats of decent, hardworking Americans, many of whom are veterans, themselves. . . . We put our lives on the line to protect the very people this budget hurts, and we stand ready to fight for them, again, against this unnecessarily cruel budget.”
That’s it for this week’s rebuttal.
To be continued next week….
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