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WGXC Congressional Report: 20191209

Dec 09, 2019 12:01 am
This is WGXC's Congressional Report, tracking the votes, words, and actions of Rep. Antonio Delgado, a Democrat from Rhinebeck representing the 19th Congressional District, and Paul Tonko, a Democrat from Amsterdam from the 20th Congressional District. The Fivethirtyeight.com website reports that, so far, the first-term Congressperson Delgado votes with Donald Trump's positions 3.6 percent of the time. Since Democrats took over the House of Representatives Tonko also votes with Trump's positions 1.8 percent of the time. In the previous Congressional session, Tonko voted with Trump 22.6 percent of the time. Click here to play or download an audio version of this report.

Chris McKenna is reporting for The Fray U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado in November announced a new bill to prohibit campaign contributions to federal campaigns by the political arms of the pharmaceutical companies that make opioids. The Rhinebeck Democrat said the measure would weaken the influence of drug manufacturers as policy makers in Washington identify ways to combat the national opioid addiction and overdose crisis. “Addressing the opioid crisis must also include rooting out the corrupting influences that perpetuate it,” Delgado said in a statement. “The opioid crisis is deeply prevalent in New York, especially in our rural communities, and yet pharmaceutical companies and special interests continue to have free rein to advance their agenda by lining the pockets of lawmakers in Washington.” Read the full story at The Fray.

• Rep. Antonio Delgado is eager to talk about anything other than impeachment, and on Dec. 5 was talking on the House floor about stamping out Lyme Disease with a postage stamp. Click here to play or download a short excerpt of Rep. Delgado speaking on the House floor.

• Paul Tonko does list any public events this week on his website. Antonio Delgado lists public appearances on his website only if his staff organizes the events. He has none listed this week.
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