Only 24 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 June 22

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

Discussing Prospects of an Immigration Deal on Fox

On Friday afternoon, I discussed immigration with Fox News Anchor Melissa Francis. The House needs to fix our broken immigration system and the current compromise bill negotiated among different factions of House Republicans would be a long-term and productive fix. This approach fully funds the border security that we need; it ends the diversity lottery; fixes chain migration; permanently solves the status of DACA participants; and ensures parents cannot be separated from children at the borders.

This is a good bill. Watch my interview on Fox News discussing why we need to pass this bill and address each one of these problems:
Discussing Keeping Families Together on CNN

I went on CNN Newsroom with anchor Poppy Harlow to further discuss children being separated from their parents at the southern border.

Regardless of what Rep. Faso says, this is not a good bill.

While not as harsh as the more conservative bill from the House Freedom Caucus,  the “compromise” legislation would provide only a partial and less than certain path to citizenship for the Dreamers; would direct $25 billion toward a southern border wall that would be a colossal waste of taxpayer money; would cut legal immigration; and would make it harder to claim asylum in the U.S. It would eliminate the government’s visa lottery that gives people in certain countries a shot at coming to the U.S. And it would curtail family-based migration in favor of merit-based programs, meaning that legal residents of the U.S. would not be able to bring in family members. It would end the practice of separating immigrant families at the border, but would not prevent the detention of families while they await a decision on their asylum claims.

This is not comprehensive immigration reform, and it would not solve most of the problems the U.S. faces in immigration. A much better piece of legislation, which passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin several years ago, was not even voted on in the House because of objections from Republican hardliners. It’s past time that Republicans worked with Democrats again on a bipartisan bill that would address the real issues.

Eat today? Thank Your Local Farmer

The Farm Bill is imperative legislation that our agriculture community needs to thrive and continue to feed America, and the world. I joined several of my colleagues from the Republican Main Street Caucus in writing an op-ed highlighting the importance the Farm Bill. From the op-ed:

“Across our country, more than 3 million producers operate farms that generate food for families around the world. As members of the House Agriculture Committee, we represent areas from California to New York, each of which rely heavily on our local farms that promote jobs and support countless workers and their families.

“Together, we supported this year’s farm bill, which strengthens programs important to the farmers and ranchers who are the backbone of our economy and countless communities. But for the first time ever, this bill is also focused on ending the cycle of poverty that so many American families face every day. Some in our conference have prevented passage of this bill due to unrelated policy issues, but hopefully, they will get another chance this week to do the right thing and vote for this bill that is critical to farmers and getting people back to work.”

Not so, Faso

Your legislative initiative has undermined organic farming and given a HUGE gift and payday to factory farms, which  do not make up the majority of the farms in your district.

It has also given a boon to pesticides, which are anathema to the organic food industry which you CLAIM to represent but don’t

The bill, officially titled H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, is a major win for the pesticide industry, which spent $43 million on lobbying this Congressional season. It would ax a requirement that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assess a pesticide’s impact on endangered species before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves it and relax the Clean Water Act’s provision that anyone releasing pesticides into waterways obtain a permit.

“This farm bill should be called the Extinction Act of 2018,” Center for Biological Diversity Government Affairs Director Brett Hartl said. “If it becomes law, this bill will be remembered for generations as the hammer that drove the final nail into the coffin of some of America’s most vulnerable species.”

Wearing a phony smile and fleecing our pockets to reward your big money donors outside of the district, is what you do. This Farm Bill is a sham, once again ill thought out and worse.

At 213 – 211 you personally ARE responsible for taking food out of the mouths of hungry children and reducing SNAP to families who need it.  Your commitment is only to aiding and abetting the Republican Rip-Off –

From the above article > “…..the House passed, a package from Republicans alone that’s unbalanced, untested, and likely unworkable in key areas like its sweeping work requirements — and that would put the food security and well-being of many low-income families, including working families, at risk.

Coming just months after a tax-cut bill that will cost $1.9 trillion over ten years (including interest costs) and lavishes tax cuts on wealthy individuals and large, profitable corporations, the SNAP proposals would further widen the nation’s economic divide.”

Supporting working families who need food security is something that we must do to encourage the health, both physical and mental so the well-being of our neighbors is ensured, and we can be productive and healthy in all ways. Obviously you do not agree, you have made promises not to end SNAP, and now YOUR Vote has done just that. GOPOCRITE!

You give a lot of lip service to mental health issues (Also while voting to cut funding for American healthcare) – what portion of mental health issues also come from food insecurity?

Your vote will keep hungry children hungry in your district, while increasing bureaucratic nightmares for all. Why do you want to undermine the health and well-being of the children and families in #NY19?

A Focus on Reuniting Families

I joined over 40 of my colleagues in questioning the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services about the process of reuniting children with their parents.  This must take place immediately. The letter sent includes numerous questions that ask how the process is undertaken, how many families have been separated over the past 5 years, what sort of training is offered to agency staff to handle these situations, and more.

Read the letter and full list of questions that we are seeking immediate answers to here:

Here are some questions for you Faso –

Do you know how many children are being held in facilities in your Congressional District?

How much money are we taxpayers paying for this terrible policy?

Do you know that Billions of US Taxpayer Dollars are being used, for contracts that run into 2022 to house children taken from their families?

Immigrant kid taken from parents at border being kept in Kingston

Continued Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis

The past two weeks, the House continued its fight against the opioid epidemic by passing over two dozen bills that create real and workable solutions to comprehensively address this situation. We need to do all we can to empower local officials and private organizations to fight this crisis on the ground, along with creating national standards like the STOP Act. This week was another positive step forward in a situation that will need further attention from local, state, and the federal government.

On Friday, the House combined many of the bills passed over the past two weeks into H.R. 6. Included in this package is my legislation, H.R. 5685, the Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act, which increases educational material for seniors to help with prevention. In addition, legislation that I helped craft, which would strengthen enforcement measures to prevent the shipment of synthetic drugs into the United States through the international mail by implementing a new system to gather and act on advanced tracking data that would flag packages susceptible to include synthetic opioids was also included.

It is vital that the Senate passes our bill so the President can sign it into law.

Not so Fast Faso:

Where are the fines and penalties for Big Pharma which is also behind this drug epidemic and crises? You are completely missing out on targeting those who are most responsible for putting those drugs on the ground in these United States.

Also you constantly say you are supporting mental health initiatives – how can you also support poor physical health services ? This is at odds with your position of helping, when all the legislation you have voted for will undermine the ability of your local people and constituents to get medical services and now food! It is an outrage!

Why we Need to Fight Fentanyl – New Forefront of the Opioid Crisis

Mostly arriving in our communities through the international mail from producers in China or India, Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic drug that can be fifty times more potent than heroin. What makes fentanyl even more dangerous is its nondescript appearance can make it hard to identify on the street. In addition to its potency, fentanyl is a cheaper alternative to pain killers, which are often a gateway to heroin and then fentanyl.

Read more about fentanyl and the danger it poses in this story on

This from a man who has voted to cut health and human services for the people of his district in NY – not acceptable.

STOP School Violence Act Funding Now Available for Schools and Counties

The safety of our students and our schools is a top priority for me and for our communities which is why I supported increased funding for grants that will help schools. Having met with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officials from across Upstate New York, it is clear these resources are needed as quickly as possible.

The Department of Justice has opened two grant processes for county governments and eligible school districts to apply for funds to support the training of school employees and students to prevent school violence and support specialized training for school employees to respond to mental health crises.

I am alerting both school districts and county governments of this funding opportunity. Learn more about the grants and who is eligible for funding:

You again talk about a mental health crises – AGAIN – but do nothing for the Health of the person through things like – Medicare for all, nor allowing the US government to negotiate lower drug prices.


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

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