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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report 20190115

Jan 11, 2019 9:45 am
Here's the week in the news for Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-Rhinebeck). The Fivethirtyeight.com website reports that, so far, Delgado votes with Donald Trump's positions zero percent of the time. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report (5:36).

• So far Delgado has made five votes opposing Donald Trump's views on these issues:
• Providing short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security, without money for a border wall;
• Funding most of the federal agencies affected by the government shutdown;
• Funding the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service and several other government agencies;
• Funding the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and related agencies;
• Funding the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and related agencies.

Marisa Schultz and Nikki Schwab are reporting for the New York Post newly sworn U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado has framed an image of his own rap lyrics and hung them in his new Capitol Hill office. “All the pain and the poverty. Hypocrisy fuels my truth. Ain’t no stopping me. # [hashtag] oneofus,” it reads. The Rhinebeck Democrat was attacked throughout the congressional campaign by a political action committee supporting his GOP opponent, John Faso, in a series of "thinly veiled, racist" attack ads focused on his short-lived rap career. Delgado stood by his work as the hip-hop artist "A.D. The Voice," saying his lyrics drew attention to the struggles of lower-income and forgotten Americans. Delgado beat Faso 51 to 46 percent in November. Read the full story in the New York Post.

Dan Freedman reports in the Albany Times Union that so far, Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-Rhinebeck) has been talking a lot about the water problem in Hoosick Falls, in Rensselaer County. “It’s definitely a priority of mine,” he said, saying he told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the issue, and brought Rep. Dan Kildee, a Democrat who represents Flint, to Hoosick Falls for a roundtable meeting during his election campaign. Drinking water in Hoosick Falls contains unacceptably high levels of PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid. "Based on his interest in listening to our community, I'm optimistic he will be a helpful force for our village and the issues we are facing," said Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen. New York's Senators are also concerned with the water there. "We look forward to working with Rep. Delgado in the ongoing effort to fully address the impacts of the PFOA pollution in Hoosick Falls including full remediation, clean drinking water, and justice for all those who have been harmed," Schumer said in a statement. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.

The Daily Freeman reports that Rep. Antonio Delgado opens his first district office, in Kingston, Jan. 13. Delgado will attend the open house that starts at noon. On Jan. 12 he is doing a local version of a swearing-in in the Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House. And Richard Moody in Columbia-Greene Media reports that Delgado signed onto the For the People Act Jan. 7, several ethics reforms addressing voting rights, and campaign finance issues. “Corporate power is commanding way too much attention in Washington,” Delgado said. “It is time that our government be responsive to the will of the people rather than the interests of a wealthy few and big corporations. This historic bill will help strengthen everyday Americans’ power in our democracy and raise the bar for ethics in Washington.” Columbia County Republican Committee Chairman Greg Fingar disagreed. “These ‘reforms’ actually give more power to Washington,” Fingar explained. “Mr. Delgado doesn’t seem to know that corporations have been barred since 1907 from donating to federal candidates. Voting is not difficult in the United States, as witnessed by a surge in participation both in 2016 and 2018.” Read the full story at HudsonValley360.com.

• Delgado also said this week that he will not accept a paycheck as long as the government is shut down. President Donald Trump accepted a deal with Congressional Republicans and Democrats, but reneged on that deal and shut down the government before Delgado took office.
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