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Audio Feature: This week in news for Rep. John Faso: 20170925

Sep 23, 2017 11:56 am
Here's the week in the news for Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), the District 19 Congressperson for the WGXC listening area. Fivethirtyeight.com currently reports Faso votes with Donald Trump's positions 88.9 percent of his votes. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report (6:24).

Matthew Hamilton reports in the Albany Times Union that U.S. Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) announced federal legislation on Sept. 19 that would pre-empt part of New York's Scaffold Law. The law, passed in 1885, puts, "liability for workers' gravity-related injuries, such as falling from a ladder, on contractors and property owners when it is found that proper safety measures weren't in place." Faso's bill would require that a "comparative negligence" standard be applied for projects using federal funding. "If you use federal dollars, you shouldn't be able to waste them," Faso said at a news conference. "And I want to see all the federal dollars go for construction, go for construction jobs. I don't want them to go for unnecessary construction liability insurance costs." Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.

Dan Goldberg reports in Politico New York that Rep. John Faso says he is waiting for the Senate to vote on the latest plan to cut healthcare and taxes for millions of Americans, before he decides. “I have serious questions about how that would play in New York State,” Faso said at an unrelated press conference in Albany Sept. 19. “I’m concerned about some aspects of it, but candidly I haven’t looked at it in depth for the last few months — let’s see what the Senate does before I speak more definitively about it.” The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates $19 billion in Medicaid cuts in New York. “I don’t know where those numbers came from, but I’m very troubled by that approach,” Faso said. “What it really is doing is it’s attempting to rejigger the Medicaid allocation now and I think would be a fairly severe shock to our health care system. But again, I want to see the written analysis and not … just rely on what someone says in the newspaper.” Read the full story at Politico New York.

The Spotlight 19 subscribable audio show's "Episode 15" will feature an interview with Rep. John Faso. The show released this excerpt this week, asking him his opinion on the new tax cut plan that will be voted on this week in Washington D.C. Click here to hear the short clip.
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