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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report 20181120

Nov 16, 2018 9:45 am
Here's the week in the news for Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), the current District 19 Congressperson for the WGXC listening area, and Antonio Delgado, the Congressperson-elect. The Fivethirtyeight.com website currently reports Faso votes with Donald Trump's positions 89.2 percent of the time, the same as before the election. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report (7:35).

Jimmy Vielkind reports in The Wall Street Journal that Rep. John Faso blames Democrats and the media for his election loss Nov. 6 to Antonio Delgado. He said media coverage of his campaign was “grotesquely biased.” That was an apparent reference to many people calling ads run on his behalf by national Republican groups racist, which one local radio station pulled for that reason. While Faso's blaming of the media may sound like he was in step with Donald Trump, the president criticized Faso days after endorsing him on Twitter. Faso was one of eight Republicans who lost that the president blamed for not embracing his message. Faso said Trump was, “a big factor in generating the Democratic turnout, so I don’t know that being more supportive in a public way would have changed [the outcome] in any way. It probably would have made it worse.” Read the full story in The Wall Street Journal.

• On Nov. 14 Faso voted for H.R. 6784, the Manage our Wolves Act, which sounds like a bill everyone can get behind. But House Republicans inserted a line in the bill declaring: “The provisions of section 7 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1546) shall not apply to House Concurrent Resolution 138.” That effectively keeps American military forces in Yemen, even though that has not been authorized by Congress, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution. So, instead of a bill to protect wolves, this was a bill to keep the U.S. involved in Saudi Arabia's war with Yemen, where many war atrocities have occured. The bill passed 201-187, with only six Democrats voting for it, and 15 Republicans, but not John Faso, voting against.

• Since the election, Faso has been mostly silent on Twitter and his own website. Delgado has been posting photos from Washington D.C., where he has been attending orientations, and meeting other representatives. Faso did give one national interview, with Bloomberg TV, where he again blamed Democrats and the media for his electoral loss.

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