Only 27 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 1

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

Meeting with Upstate Restaurant Owners

As one of the largest private sector employers in the state, New York’s restaurants have an important role in our local economies. It is always a pleasure meeting with local restaurant operators and their employees who create high quality dining experiences for customers every day.

On Thursday, I met with Upstate restaurant owners and representatives from the New York State Restaurant Association. Our conversation centered around health care and immigration, which are prevailing concerns for area restaurants. We discussed a variety of specific issues of concern, including health care paperwork and financial burdens imposed by the Affordable Care Act and labor shortages which are affecting the restaurant industry.

Here is an excellent example of Faso’s misplaced priorities.

To begin with, many restaurant workers are undocumented immigrants who are threatened by Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration. So restaurant owners are adversely affected by Republican policies. Second, the Affordable Care Act does not require small businesses with under 50 workers to provide health coverage, which means most restaurants in Faso’s district are not affected. Companies with 50 or more workers must pay a penalty if they fail to provide insurance and one or more of their employees gets coverage through the ACA insurance exchanges. That affects mainly chain fast food restaurants, which can afford to cover their workers but don’t want to. Not only should they provide health insurance, but they should also pay their workers more than minimum wage. They’d have a happier, healthier workforce, and the taxpayer would pay less because of lower use of emergency departments and Medicaid.

Urging the DOJ to Quickly Implement STOP School Violence Act

This week, I joined a bipartisan group of my colleagues in urging the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice to quickly implement school safety programs contained in the STOP School Violence Act, which I voted for and was signed into law in March.

The safety of our students and our schools is a top priority not just for us in Congress, but also for our communities back home. Having met with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officials from across our districts, these resources are needed as quickly as possible.

Not so fast, Faso:

The STOP School Violence Act, which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 407 to 10 in March, is actually emblematic of everything that’s wrong with today’s gun politics. No one (except the 10 reps who unaccountably voted against) could be opposed to this measure, which provides $50 million a year to improve school security (including metal detectors), educate teachers and students about the danger, and implement a tip line to report threats of school violence. But not only is the amount allocated (raised to $75 million in the final version signed into law) lamentably low, but it also omits any mention of gun control. If this is the best that Congress can do, when we really need comprehensive background checks and a ban on assault weapons, to start, then Congress is guilty of a dereliction of duty. GOP Congressmen like Faso should think long and hard about which is more important–NRA contributions or the lives of our young people.

Mobile Office Hours at RensCo on the Road

A member of my staff will be hosting mobile office hours in Petersburgh on Tuesday, June 5th as part of the RensCo on the Road Resource Fair. The mobile office hours and resource fair will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Petersburgh Memorial Hall.

My staff can assist with veterans’ benefits claims, social security inquiries, and many other issues pertaining to federal government agencies. Contact my district office in Kinderhook at (518) 610-8133 with any questions or concerns.

Not so Fast, Faso:

You think you impress us with your pretending to support veterans, Faso–including offering to help them with benefits claims–but in voting consistently for the Republican/Trump health plan, budget, environmental, and job policies, you are really destroying the chances vets have to secure a healthy and productive quality of life. Look at what has just said about Trump and your fellow Republicans’ policies on supporting vets: “If Donald Trump really wanted to honor our military and veterans, he’d fill the nearly 50,000 vacancies at the VA. He’d bolster job training programs for veterans returning home. He’d protect public lands veterans use to ‘walk off the war.’ He’d stop trying to cut food assistance from veterans who need it.” (Will Fischer, Iraq War Veteran and Director of Government Affairs)

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

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