42 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.

“Work Week with Congressman Faso” is released each week late in the day of Friday. Fridays in the Trump era tend to be filled with a major news event or scandal. This Friday was no different with the 13 indictments handed down involving Russian interference in our elections.

While not addressed below, we expect our Congressman to denounce the interference by a foreign adversary into our democratic process. Furthermore, we demand that the sanctions against Russian be implemented immediately.

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

GUN SAFETY

John Faso’s Statement on the South Florida School Shooting

As we learn more about the senseless and tragic shooting in Florida, my prayers are with the victims and all the students, teachers, law enforcement and families impacted by this violent attack. Clearly the shooter shouldn’t have been eligible to purchase a firearm and it appears that citizen warnings about him went unheeded. We will only know more when full details are known by law enforcement. Additionally, we must do better to further understand how to recognize warning signs and better protect our communities.

From John Faso’s website: “As an avid supporter of the Second Amendment and strong opponent of New York’s SAFE Act — with a lifetime “A” rating from the NRA — I will continue to be a vocal advocate and defender of the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers – and all Americans.”. Furthermore the NRA has contributed significantly to his campaigns.

We are confused by your statement “Clearly the shooter shouldn’t have been eligible to purchase a firearm.” You oppose every measure that would have prevented this purchase. What measures are you now proposing to enact into law to “better protect our communities”? We elected you to implement laws to protect our communities, not to offer prayers to victims you failed to protect.

Will you sacrifice your precious “A” NRA rating to prevent further tragedies?

LOOKS LIKE YOU FORGOT SOMETHING: AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES VOTE

While chronicling your work week, you overlooked your YEA vote on HR620 – the bill that guts and rollbacks the American with Disabilities. It’s almost like you’re ashamed of your vote and hoping we wouldn’t notice.

We noticed.

John Faso was one of the 213 Republicans who voted YEA on HR620, a bill that weakens incentives for businesses to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), effectively gutting the law.

Your colleague, Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War Veteran who lost both of her legs serving her country, was vehement in her opposition stating that the bill would send a disgraceful message to Americans with disabilities that their civil rights are not worthy of strong enforcement. She warned HR620 would make Americans with disabilities secondclass citizens by moving the burden of ADA compliance away from business owners and onto individuals with disabilities.

You chose to vote for business owners over disabled vets.

Your omission from “Work Week with Congressman Faso” speaks volumes.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Upstate New York Needs Infrastructure Investment

This week, the administration released an outline for new infrastructure legislation. The outline is an ambitious vision for new infrastructure efforts. Upstate New York needs investments for expanding broadband access and rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges. With such a large need, Congress will have to look at new funding sources, such as my infrastructure bank proposal that will leverage private investment to fund worthy projects. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in putting together an infrastructure package that aggressively invests in Upstate New York.

The Infrastructure Bank proposed by Rep. Faso, like Trump’s infrastructure proposal, would impose a further burden on middle class families by requiring them to pay fees or tolls on roads, bridges, airport facilities, and other infrastructure financed by private investors. Moreover, private investors would ignore other urgently needed infrastructure such as clean water, mass transit and schools that could not be monetized.

EDUCATION

Upstate New Yorkers Visit DC

Leslie Kudlack is a foreign language teacher with the Greenville Central School District in Greene County. I was happy to discuss the importance of foreign language programs in schools and how we can support these programs as components of a well-rounded education. Leslie advocated for legislation that would strengthen foreign language education in K-12 schools. After our meeting, I intend to support the legislation.

And yet….President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released their proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year this week. The budget proposal makes strikingly similar drastic cuts to the administration’s fiscal year 2018 proposal, which represented the most devastating funding cuts to the U.S. Department of Education since Ronald Reagan’s presidency. In its 2019 budget proposal, the Trump administration has doubled down with a $7.1 billion cut to the Department of Education’s funding—a 10.5 percent decrease from 2017 levels. And while an unusual addendum—released on the same day as the original proposal—seems to restore $3.3 billion to the education budget, Trump and DeVos have made their priorities clear: Starve public schools to fund private school schemes that benefit the well-off and undermine our guarantee of K-12 education for all.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Working in the Climate Solutions Caucus

The Climate Solutions Caucus is a bipartisan group of lawmakers who explore ways to tackle issues and challenges that impact our changing climate. This week, we met to discuss the need to increase energy efficiency efforts and explored new ways to promote energy efficiency in construction of new buildings and transportation. I am also sponsoring legislation with Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-IL to create an innovation competition for new technologies which will reduce 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.

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

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