Congressman John Faso

Congressman John Faso Representing New York's 19th Congressional District.

Mary Fran and I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
12/25/2018

Mary Fran and I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

The true state of our national debt and deficit is described here by a Manhattan Institute scholar. This is the biggest ...
12/20/2018
Testimony before the Committee on Financial Services, United States House of Representatives | Manhattan Institute

The true state of our national debt and deficit is described here by a Manhattan Institute scholar. This is the biggest issue we face as a nation which gets little coverage or attention.

What is Really Driving the Unsustainable National Debt Main Takeaways from Brian Riedl’s Testimony I will describe the policies that are driving a historic long-term surge in budget deficits. The budget deficit is on pace to surpass $1 trillion as soon as next year – on its way to $2...

12/20/2018

President Trump’s withdrawal of the 2000 US troops from Syria is the wrong move, at the wrong time. US leadership is critical to thwarting Iranian and Russian ambitions in that region.

U.S. withdrawal risks the security of our allies Israel, Jordan, and the Kurds. It also threatens to worsen the humanitarian disaster among refugees in that region. We are kidding ourselves if we believe that ISIS and other aligned terrorists are defeated.

Population loss figures don’t lie. New Yorkers continue to vote with their feet. State “economic development” spending, ...
12/19/2018
New Yorkers Keep Heading For Exits : Empire Center for Public Policy

Population loss figures don’t lie. New Yorkers continue to vote with their feet. State “economic development” spending, like that announced yesterday, does little to fix this trend.

New Yorkers Keep Heading For Exits by E.J. McMahon |  December 19, 2018 | Reports Download as PDF New York continues to lead the nation in net outflow of residents to other states. During the 12 months ending last July 1, 180,306 more residents moved out of New York State than moved in from the re...

I'm happy that a much-needed overhaul of the Congressional harassment and discrimination complaint and investigative pro...
12/13/2018
Sexual harassment legislation passes Senate and House, heads to Trump

I'm happy that a much-needed overhaul of the Congressional harassment and discrimination complaint and investigative processes passed the Senate. In February, the House passed its overhaul.

It is appalling that through the years, members of Congress were able to utilize taxpayer money to settle claims of sexual harassment. These reforms will help ensure unacceptable behavior won’t be covered over with taxpayer dollars.

Harassment, abuse, and discrimination in the workplace are unacceptable, and Americans expect far better from those elected to serve.

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday to reform how sexual harassment is handled on Capitol Hill -- including holding lawmakers liable for paying for settlements out of their own pockets.

Today marks Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day -- the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii. We ...
12/07/2018
Now 97, Navy veteran recalls 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor

Today marks Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day -- the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii. We will never forget the men and women who were in Hawaii that day, and those who responded during the course of World War II.

HONOLULU (AP) — Retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Don Long was alone on an anchored military seaplane in the middle of a bay across the island from Pearl Harbor when Japanese warplanes started striking Hawaii on December 7, 1941, watching from afar as the bombs and bullets killed and wounded thousands. The ...

12/05/2018

Honored with my congressional colleagues to attend service for President George H. W. Bush today. His life was one of service to his family, his nation and to Almighty God. May he Rest In Peace.

One of my memorable experiences with President Bush was an event Mary Frances and I were invited to when we happened to ...
12/03/2018

One of my memorable experiences with President Bush was an event Mary Frances and I were invited to when we happened to be in Kennebunkport in the summer of 1987.

Then Vice President Bush was having an event at his home and we attended with our son, who was then 3 years old. The VP and his wife were the most gracious hosts, showing us their home and posing for pictures with us. Here the VP appears to be asking Nick for his support which our son appears to be considering!

New York's onerous Scaffold Law drives up the cost of construction on critical projects such as affordable housing and t...
12/03/2018
Lawmakers and advocates gear up to reform costly construction law - NY Daily News

New York's onerous Scaffold Law drives up the cost of construction on critical projects such as affordable housing and the Gateway project. NY is the only state in the nation with this absolute liability statute and it does not improve safety for workers. Each dollar that is spent on insurance policies is a dollar that isn't going to building schools, roads, bridges, and affordable housing.

Read more on the costs of the Scaffold Law and why it needs to be reformed: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-scaffold-law-113018-story.html

Critics of a controversial state construction law – which they claim would add up to $300 million to the cost of the Gateway project – are now renewing efforts to overhaul it.

12/01/2018

My statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush:

"President George H.W. Bush was a man of integrity and honor. A hero in WWII and a remarkable public servant whose decency and kindness set an example for all. He was committed to our nation and to his family, especially his wonderful wife Barbara. Now, they are forever united with their Creator. May God bless his memory.”

The 'only in New York' Scaffold Law has done nothing to improve worker safety & simply makes construction projects in Ne...
11/29/2018
Lame-Duck Republican Urges Dismantling Scaffold Law | Habitat Magazine

The 'only in New York' Scaffold Law has done nothing to improve worker safety & simply makes construction projects in New York more expensive. This is a real problem for our crumbling infrastructure and for charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

I have been working to preempt this unproductive requirement for federally funded projects so each taxpayer dollar goes further in rebuilding America's infrastructure.

Read more: https://www.habitatmag.com/Publication-Content/Legal-Financial/2018/2018-November/Scaffold-Law-Foe

Aggressive lobbying campaigns have repeatedly failed to do it. Now a lame-duck New York Congressman is pleading with the Trump administration to help rid New York State of its’ so-called Scaffold Law, the only one in the nation that holds building owners, including co-op and condo boards, liable f...

EJ McMahon of the Empire Center wrote a piece for the New York Post highlighting the astronomical cost of bringing Amazo...
11/14/2018
Blame unions for New York’s pricey giveaway to Amazon

EJ McMahon of the Empire Center wrote a piece for the New York Post highlighting the astronomical cost of bringing Amazon to NY. These costs will be paid by the taxpayers, including the very brick and mortar businesses that Amazon is in direction competition with.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have crafted a massive taxpayer subsidy to entice Amazon into creating 25,000 to 40,000 high-paying jobs in New York. The purported cost-benefit ratio, de…

Today we honor those that have served our nation to protect our freedoms and our way of life in this great country.  Tha...
11/11/2018

Today we honor those that have served our nation to protect our freedoms and our way of life in this great country. Thank you to all the men and women of our military.

On this #VeteransDay, we thank the men and women who serve this great country. Thank you for your sacrifices. #VeteransDay #KnowYourMil

11/10/2018
U.S. Marine Corps

Happy birthday Marines!

Marines kicking ass ✔️
Marines’ Hymn ✔️
243 years of Motivation ✔️

#MarineCorpsBirthday

On Sunday, I had the privilege of presenting Mr. Fred Yelle the Bronze Star for his service in the Korean War.  At the p...
11/05/2018

On Sunday, I had the privilege of presenting Mr. Fred Yelle the Bronze Star for his service in the Korean War. At the pinning ceremony we were joined by Mr. Yelle's family and friends along with Ulster County Legislator Kevin Roberts, Town of Plattekill Supervisor Jim Croce and the other Town of Plattekill Board Members.

We must not go back to the once "new normal" when we were supposed to accept less than 2% economic growth.  The economy ...
11/04/2018
U.S. job growth soars; annual wage gain largest since 2009

We must not go back to the once "new normal" when we were supposed to accept less than 2% economic growth. The economy is strong, there are jobs available and wages have made the largest gain since 2009. We must continue this trend by keeping taxes low, regulations in check and ensure workers have the training they need for the jobs available today.

U.S. job growth rebounded sharply in October and wages recorded their largest an...

I was humbled and honored to attend the annual Greene County Honor a Vet Memorial Ceremony this morning.  Greene County ...
11/03/2018

I was humbled and honored to attend the annual Greene County Honor a Vet Memorial Ceremony this morning. Greene County proudly recognized World War II veteran, Seaman First Class Alfred Van Schaack Jr. Mr. Van Schaak enlisted in the US Navy on January 4, 1944. He was assigned to the USS LST (Landing Ship, Tank) 541 as a gunner and served until the end of the war. We are truly grateful as a nation for the commitment and sacrifice made by Mr. Van Schaack's generation fighting for our nation and freedom. Thank you to all that have served for us.

Bliss Towers in Hudson has long been in need of renovations to provide its residents with a safe and healthy living envi...
11/02/2018
HUD appointee, Faso visit Bliss Towers, applaud improvements | Hudson Valley 360

Bliss Towers in Hudson has long been in need of renovations to provide its residents with a safe and healthy living environment. I have been working closely with Hudson Housing Authority’s Executive Director Tim Mattice and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Lynne Patton to ensure critical upgrades are made to its facilities.

I was pleased we were able to tour Bliss Towers yesterday and witness the many improvements that have been made over the last few months. I will always continue my work to ensure our fellow citizens in public housing have decent living conditions.

https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/hud-appointee-faso-visit-bliss-towers-applaud-improvements

HUDSON — The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator stopped by Bliss Towers on Thursday to give the improvements there a thumbs-up.

Individuals and families should never fear for their safety at a place of worship. The Senate should follow the House an...
10/31/2018
Synagogue Massacre Spurs Calls for New DHS Anti-Terrorism Grants | Bloomberg Government

Individuals and families should never fear for their safety at a place of worship. The Senate should follow the House and pass our bipartisan bill in order to help provide religious institutions access to funding that they can use to enhance their preparedness and security to protect against terrorists whose goal is to strike fear in the community and divide our nation.

Lawmakers from both parties are calling for more funding for grants to help synagogues, churches, and other non-profits at high risk for terrorism to bolster their security in the wake of Saturday’s fatal shootings at a Pittsburgh synagogue. House Republicans and Democrats are championing legislat...

Don’t forget, the Medicare open enrollment period goes from October 15 - December 7. This is when individuals on Medicar...
10/29/2018
Medicare Open Enrollment - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Don’t forget, the Medicare open enrollment period goes from October 15 - December 7. This is when individuals on Medicare can change their health plans or prescription drug coverage to better suit their needs.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing difficulties with their Medicare coverage or changing their enrollment, call my Kinderhook District Office at (518) 610-8133 and they may be able to assist you.

https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Reach-Out/Find-tools-to-help-you-help-others/Medicare-Open-Enrollment.html

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10/27/2018

This morning's attack at the Tree of Life synagogue is an abhorrent display of anti-Semitism and hate. All places of worship are supposed to be havens to reflect and pray. This sick individual is a terrorist whose goal is to strike fear in a community. His actions and goals will not prevail, and we can't allow for his hate to fester. I pray for the victims, their families and friends, and everyone in the Jewish and local community in Pittsburgh.

One of the largest, most deadly drivers of the ongoing opioid epidemic are synthetic opioids. Synthetic opioids, such as...
10/26/2018
Trump signs legislation to stop synthetic opiates from traveling through the mail | Hudson Valley 360

One of the largest, most deadly drivers of the ongoing opioid epidemic are synthetic opioids. Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and carfentanil, can be as much as 100 times more potent than heroin or other opioids – only requiring a small amount to be a lethal dosage.

These illicit drugs are often shipped through the U.S. Postal Service from countries including China. This week, we made real progress in curbing shipments of these drugs by signing the STOP Act into law. I have been a leading voice for the STOP Act in Congress, which requires the U.S. Postal service to provide advance tracking data on international shipments to better screen and detect illicit parcels.

These drugs continue to ravage our communities and leave nothing but devastation in their wake. This law will have a real, tangible impact across our district in Upstate.

https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/trump-signs-legislation-stop-synthetic-opiates-traveling-through-mail

Trump signs legislation to stop synthetic opiates from traveling through the mail Print President Trump signs legislation to combat the opioid crisis in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Richard Moody Columbia-Greene Media October 25, 2018 10:04 pm WASHINGTON — President...

A 2016 study shows that over 6 million Americans misused prescription drugs, a majority of which were accessed from a ho...
10/26/2018

A 2016 study shows that over 6 million Americans misused prescription drugs, a majority of which were accessed from a home medicine cabinet. With the rising tide of drug abuse and addiction, we need to do all we can to secure our homes and families.

This Saturday, October 27th, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Find the location closest to you to safely dispose of your expired or unused prescriptions: https://bit.ly/2CGZLop

The opioid epidemic claims over 100 lives every day. Congress came together yesterday to reverse this dangerous trend wh...
10/25/2018
Faso at White House for opioid bill signing

The opioid epidemic claims over 100 lives every day.

Congress came together yesterday to reverse this dangerous trend when the President signed into law a bipartisan opioid package – the largest effort Congress has ever taken to tackle this crisis. This law provides the resources our communities need to increase our safety, prevent addiction and encourage recovery.

Two measures I championed were included in the package—the STOP Act, which gives law enforcement the tools they need to identify and intercept shipments of deadly synthetic opioids through the U.S. Postal Service, in addition to the Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act, which bolsters opioid education for Seniors on Medicare. I was grateful to take part in this historic moment yesterday.

https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/Faso-at-White-House-for-opioid-bill-signing-13334030.php

WASHINGTON - Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, was New York's only lawmaker to witness President Trump's signing of anti-opioid legislation aimed at fighting an epidemic that took more than 70,000 lives nationwide last week. Trump thanked Faso along with the other 16 Senators and House members in attend...

Pleased to be working with local conservation groups advocating against this proposed IRS regulation that could hamper l...
10/25/2018
IRS regulation is not an intelligent policy | Hudson Valley 360

Pleased to be working with local conservation groups advocating against this proposed IRS regulation that could hamper land conservation in New York which is important to our local economy because it supports industries such as farming, forestry and tourism.

IRS regulation is not an intelligent policy Print October 25, 2018 12:40 am Property donations, especially donations of farmland, are important for keeping family legacies alive, guaranteeing the survival of local agriculture and protecting the area’s sensitive environment.The Internal Revenue Ser...

The scourge of opioid addiction continues to devastate families all across our district. I was invited to attend the sig...
10/24/2018

The scourge of opioid addiction continues to devastate families all across our district. I was invited to attend the signing ceremony this afternoon for H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act - bipartisan legislation aimed at comprehensively fighting the opioid epidemic.

The enactment of this landmark bill builds upon our commitment to tackling the opioid epidemic head-on. This package is the result of months-long work in both the House and Senate to provide our communities the resources they need to address this deadly crisis and better support patients who are struggling with addiction. This law takes important steps to secure our communities, and includes priorities I have been advocating for, such as the STOP Act, which will stem the flow of illicit synthetic drugs through our borders and into our communities.

I had the privilege of meeting Dee Dee at the ceremony, a Dutchess County resident who is recovering from addiction. She’s a local artist working at Unshattered in Hopewell Junction, a non-profit whose mission is to provide women battling addiction a pathway to employment, independence, and a better chance at maintaining their sobriety.

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Waiting for my tax break......oh wait now paying more than ever in taxes! Thanks Faso for your vote on the tax break for the rich! I'll remember this for a long time.
My introduction to you, were your rude interruptions to Speaker Pelosi, during her speech. You may be a Wall Street tool, but it is obvious that you have no manners. Find someone to do the job your parents failed to do.
How much time does this gentleman have??
How much time?!
How much time does the gentleman haveleft?!
I saw how you interrupted Speaker Pelosi repeatedly when she was speaking. Do you think it's OK to bully her because she is a woman? Have you no sense of decorum or respect? You have most certainly lost mine.
Good Afternoon, I am writing to you today in regards to the current Government Shut Down. I want to be clear the this is not about being Republican or Democrat, Pro or Anti “Wall”. I am but just one of the people affected by the Partial Government Shutdown who is currently not going to be paid. First I have to say I have been serving this county for close to twenty (20) Years, first as an Active Duty United States Marine for thirteen (13) year and now as a Federal Civilian Employee and the current state of affairs is absolutely repulsive. My intent is to give you the views/opinions of one person, and hopefully you can utilize some of the key points to help bring resolution to all the employees affected by the shutdown. You do not enhance security by laying a heavy burden on those performing the job. Anybody in a leadership position realizes that people on the ground, performing jobs that require split second decisions that at times could have dire consequences, need to work with as little distraction as possible. You do not create this turmoil from with in your own organization. Some of the people operating now, affected by the shut down include FPS, USSS, TSA, CBP, ICE, NPS and everyother agecy performing a security function in the federal service. "Workers not being paid and their creditors will adjust" This is just an absurd notion that dosen't need a rebuttal. The shutdown and problems individual workers are experiencing does nothing to bolster the economy or middle class. These topics have been heavy talking points out of Washington. I have not spoken with a single Federal worker who is willing to go with out pay to support what is happening here. In closing the current situation is killing the economy hurting our middle class federal workers and creating an enviroment that is not condusive to safety and security, especially for those performing duties to provide it. I would like for you and your colleagues to remember something as you go foward trying to foster a resolution " Don't confuse effort with results" in other words, its irrelevant how hard you try, people want results. Thank You Dennis Krause
Good Afternoon, I am writing to you today in regards to the current Government Shut Down. I want to be clear the this is not about being Republican or Democrat, Pro or Anti “Wall”. I am but just one of the people affected by the Partial Government Shutdown who is currently not going to be paid. First I have to say I have been serving this county for close to twenty (20) Years, first as an Active Duty United States Marine for thirteen (13) year and now as a Federal Civilian Employee and the current state of affairs is absolutely repulsive. My intent is to give you the views/opinions of one person, and hopefully you can utilize some of the key points to help bring resolution to all the employees affected by the shutdown. You do not enhance security by laying a heavy burden on those performing the job. Anybody in a leadership position realizes that people on the ground, performing jobs that require split second decisions that at times could have dire consequences, need to work with as little distraction as possible. You do not create this turmoil from with in your own organization. Some of the people operating now, affected by the shut down include FPS, USSS, TSA, CBP, ICE, NPS and everyother agecy performing a security function in the federal service. "Workers not being paid and their creditors will adjust" This is just an absurd notion that dosen't need a rebuttal. The shutdown and problems individual workers are experiencing does nothing to bolster the economy or middle class. These topics have been heavy talking points out of Washington. I have not spoken with a single Federal worker who is willing to go with out pay to support what is happening here. In closing the current situation is killing the economy hurting our middle class federal workers and creating an enviroment that is not condusive to safety and security, especially for those performing duties to provide it. I would like for you and your colleagues to remember something as you go foward trying to foster a resolution " Don't confuse effort with results" in other words, its irrelevant how hard you try, people want results. Thank You
Build the wall and support the President. The Democrats cannot be trusted, so keep the government closed until they comply. As far as I am concerned hell can freeze over first. Thank you!
Faso? Are you still here? It’s over, go home already. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T1XgFsitnQw
In a week, we'll be done with the pre-existing condition known as Cancer Faso-itis. Good riddance.