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Audio Feature: This week in News for Rep. John Faso: 20170605

Jun 03, 2017 5:00 am
Here's the week in the news for Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), the District 19 Congressman for the WGXC listening area. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report.

The Mid-Hudson News Network reports in The Daily Freeman that Ulster County Republicans are planning rallies to support U.S. Rep. John Faso. Faso has drawn protests at any event he attends locally that is announced in advance. This week, while Congress is on a break, Faso was not listing any public events on his website until hours before the events began. And, unlike past local representatives Scott Murphy, a Democrat, and Chris Gibson, a Republican, Faso continues to resist holding traditional town hall meetings. Ulster County party Chairman Roger Rascoe, Mike Dovich from Marlborough, Dan Aversano from Rochester, and Tom Maerling from Wawarsing are on a committee now to support Faso. “John Faso has 166,171 reasons to vote the way he does. He is voting the way we asked him to vote but the left continues to make noise, and the media is right with them. The liberal left can’t stand the fact that we won, and that he [Faso] won, and that President Trump won,” Rascoe said. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

Matthew Hamilton reports in The Albany Times Union that Rep. John Faso opposes President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts to federal student aid. “I think there’s a pretty broad consensus on both sides of the aisle that these cuts are ill-advised, especially when you’re looking at the ones that would affect people going into certain areas that are considered national service,” the Kinderhook Republican said. Tens of thousands of students in Faso's district would be affected by the proposal for a 13.5 percent decrease to the federal Department of Education, including a 49 percent rollback on federal work-study programs, and the elimination of subsidized low-income loans and the Perkins Loan Program. “The president proposes budgets, but the legislature ultimately has the final say,” Faso said. “I’m anticipating that these particular proposals are not going to survive the legislature.” Read the full story in The Albany Times Union.

• John Faso released a statement after Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a global climate change treaty that every country except Syria and Nicaragua has signed. “As a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, I support U.S. efforts to continue promotion of innovative clean-energy solutions which will mitigate the effects of manmade climate change. As such, I believe the withdrawal of the US from the agreement is ill-advised. However, the non-binding Paris COP21 never received Senate approval, as treaties must under our Constitution. The US never ratified the Kyoto agreement yet our nation reduced CO2 emissions beyond those called for in that agreement due to the responsiveness of our market-based economy. Regardless of who is in the White House, I believe the US must continue to work to lower greenhouse gas emissions while balancing the needs of our economy. At the end of the day, economic incentives for cleaner, less-polluting energy will have a greater impact on reducing CO2 emissions than a non-binding agreement with no enforcement mechanisms.”

Matthew Hamilton reports in The Albany Times Union that Jeffrey Beals, an Ulster County high school teacher and former U.S. diplomat, filed paperwork earlier this month to seek the 19th district seat now held by Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook). Antonio Delgado of Dutchess County, Brian Flynn of Greene County, Steven Brisee of Ulster County, Gareth Rhodes of Ulster County, and Sue Sullivan of Ulster County have also filed paperwork to run in the Hudson Valley district that covers 11 counties including Greene, Columbia, Ulster, Dutchess, and others. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein says he will announced whether or not he's running in July. Beals teaches history and civics at the Woodstock Day School, and used to be a U.S. diplomat in Iraq. "I grew up as part of a generation that believes democracy is something you fight for overseas," Beals said. "I've come to believe increasingly that it's something you have to defend here at home, it's arguably even more important to defend it here at home." Read the full story in The Albany Times Union.