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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report

Jan 30, 2023 6:03 pm

Here is this week's WGXC Congressional Report, tracking the votes, statements, positions, and campaigns of the representatives and candidates for the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st Congressional seats in New York. Democrat Pat Ryan is representing the 18th Congressional District, Republican Marc Molinaro represents the 19th Congressional District, Democrat Rep. Paul Tonko represents the 20th District, and Republican Elise Stefanik represents the 21st District. Click here to listen to this report.

Tyler O'Neill is reporting for Spectrum News Democrat U.S. Rep. Pat Ryan was appointed January 27, to the House Committee on Armed Services and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, his office said. Ryan represents the redrawn 18th Congressional District. The Armed Services Committee handles defense policy, military operations, and the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy. Ryan served on this committee during his previous term. "I maintain my commitment to ensuring our service members and military families are properly supported to preserve and promote America’s security, prosperity and values both at home and abroad," he said. Ryan served in the U.S. Army as a combat intelligence officer from 2004 to 2009, including two tours in Iraq. The Congressman will also serve on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which oversees all modes of transportation nationwide. "Whether you take Metro-North to New York City, travel Route 17 through Orange County or need improved broadband in Dutchess County, I will fight every day to make sure that funding comes right back here to the Hudson Valley," Ryan said in a statement. Read the full story at spectrumlocalnews [dot] com.

Patricia R. Doxsey is reporting for the Daily Freeman U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro has introduced a bill that would create a comprehensive database of agencies that provide support services and resources available to individuals with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities. The Red Hook Republican said on January 31, the “Think Differently Database Act,”  would offer “a single point of access” for individuals and families in need of those services and resources. Molinaro said in a press release, “Currently, many individuals with disabilities, families and caregivers don’t know what services are available to them.” He said those seeking services are forced to navigate “a confusing patchwork of federal, state, and local resources to find and access the services they need.” The bill, co-sponsored by New Jersey Democrat Rep. Mikie Sherril would provide “a one-stop shop for locating resources that support and empower individuals with disabilities.” The measure would require the secretary of Health and Human Services to create a comprehensive website that includes federal and state resources available for those with disabilities, resources that connect individuals, families and caregivers with healthcare, mental health and other community-based services within state Medicaid programs and a zip code feature to help individuals locate resources in their community. One of Molinaro's children is on the autism spectrum and as a result, he devoted his efforts as Dutchess County executive to changing the way individuals, businesses, organizations and communities relate to those with special needs through his “ThinkDifferently” initiative. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

Mid-Hudson News reports that Congressperson Pat Ryan went on the floor of the House of Representatives on Feb. 1 to call for the CEO of Central Hudson to resign. PLAY OR DOWNLOAD EXCERPT OF RYAN'S SPEECH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR. Ryan also listed several other specific examples of people facing giant, irregular bills from Central Hudson. The company is currently under investigation for its billing practices. Central Hudson spokesperson Joe Jenkins wrote in response to Ryan’s remarks saying the utility, “continues to apologize for the unfortunate impacts that implementation of the new system has had on our customers and key stakeholders. Our number one priority has been and remains resolution of issues with the system, and we continue to make progress. We continue to make enhancements to resolve any remaining issues.” Jenkins also said said Central Hudson wants to meet with Ryan and, “is working to ensure that customers who received bills requiring an adjustment have been made whole. We are 100 percent committed to rebuilding relationships with Congressman Ryan and all our stakeholders and to resolving any remaining issues with the system expeditiously.” Read more about this story at Mid-Hudson News.

On Feb. 2, three local Congressional representatives voted for a bill "denouncing the horrors of socialism." House Resolution Nine is deeply ridiculous legislation. It was a show vote in a country with many socialist policies, such as the collective funding of the military for national defense. The bill passed 328-to-86, with Democrat Pat Ryan and Republicans Elise Stefanik voting for the resolution, and Democrat Paul Tonko voting against. The resolution only said, "This concurrent resolution denounces socialism and opposes the implementation of socialist policies in the United States." It has little chance of passing the Senate nor being signed by President Joe Biden.

The Cook Political Report forecasts a toss-up election for Republican Marc Molinaro in the 19th Congressional District in 2024. The same group says that Pat Ryan’s 18th district leans to the Democrat. Molinaro defeated Democrat Josh Riley in last fall's election, where Republicans picked up a few seats in New York. With a presidential election in 2024, turnout is likely to be higher in Molinaro and Ryan's next elections.

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