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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report 20190729

Jul 29, 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 4.8 percent of the time, up from 2.5 percent last week. Delgado voted July 25 in favor of a two-year budget bill that Trump also supports, changing his score. Since Democrats took over the House of Representatives Tonko also votes with Trump's positions 2.4 percent of the time, up from zero last week, as he also supports the budget bill. In the previous Congressional session, Tonko voted with Trump 22.6 percent of the time. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report (9:51).

Mallory Moench reports for the Albany Times Union that after seeing migrant children in cages at the U.S. southern border on July 19, Rep. Antonio Delgado is calling for more immigration courts and judges to solve the problem. Delgado says more courts and judges will hasten the asylum process. "What I saw at border facilities today underscores how deeply complex the immigration crisis is and how urgently we need to act to better enable our system to process asylum seekers and migrants in a humane way that preserves their dignity as they flee horrible circumstances," Delgado said. "I saw young children in cages, trying to figure out what the next day was going to look like, unsure of what was going to happen next," he said. "We've got to do more, we've got to do better." Read more about this story in the Albany Times Union.

The Daily Freeman reports that Assemblyperson Didi Barrett and Rep. Antonio Delgado will share a new office in Hudson, beginning July 22. Both Democrats, Barrett represents the 106th Assembly District, which covers both Columbia and Dutchess counties. Delgado represents the 19th Congressional District, including Greene, Columbia, Dutchess, Ulster, and several other counties. He has other district offices in Kingston, Delhi, Oneonta, and Liberty. The Hudson office is at at 420 Warren St., with an open house July 22 at 2:30 p.m. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

Sarah Trafton reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Rep. Antonio Delgado spent time locally July 22, opening a new office in Hudson and holding a town hall meeting in Catskill. Delgado is now sharing an office with Assemblyperson Didi Barrett at 420 Warren St. He held his fifteenth town hall meeting July 22 in Catskill at the Subversive Cafe. “People want to feel heard and respected,” Delgado said of his community outreach. “They want to feel that I am being held accountable to people here at home.” Delgado took questions in Catskill about veterans issues, affordable housing, impeachment, the opioid crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Delgado voted last week against beginning impeachment proceedings against the president. “I agree with the current approach,” Delgado said. “We need to investigate. I didn’t run for Congress because I wanted to impeach the president. I also didn’t run because I wanted to be stonewalled.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.

The Daily Freeman report that Rep. Antonio Delgado holds a series of town hall meetings starting Sat., July 27. Delgado holds town hall meetings in Otsego, Columbia, Montgomery, Sullivan, and Delaware counties. In Columbia County, Delgado will take questions at 6:30 p.m. July 29, at Chatham Brewing, 59 Main St. in Chatham. He also be at Roots Brewing Company in Oneonta at 5 p.m., July 27; in Canajoharie at 6:30 p.m. July 30; in Bethel at 6:30 p.m. July 31; and in Sidney at 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 1. Usually Delgado gives an opening statement, and takes questions for about an hour. His staff attempts to create a Facebook Live feed online, and WGXC airs that webcast on the air at 90.7-FM if possible. Tonko does not list any local events on his website next week. Tonko never lists any events on his website.