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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report 20190507

May 07, 2019 9:45 am
Here's the week in the news for Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-Rhinebeck). The Fivethirtyeight.com website reports that, so far, Delgado votes with Donald Trump's positions zero percent of the time. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report (4:18).

Last week Congress returned from its winter break, and continued voting for non-controversial bills that almost everyone supports, and partisan proposals that only one side will ever agree to. Delgado voted for some of both types of legislation last week. On May 2 he voted for the Climate Action Now Act, which would block President Donald Trump from withdrawing from the Paris agreement on climate change That passed 231-190, along party lines. On April 29 and 30 Delgado voted for several bipartisan bills that passed by wide margins, with votes from Republicans and Democrats. Those acts included "Supporting the protection of elders through financial literacy;" the National Senior Investor Initiative Act; and the Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act.

• Rep. Antonio Delgado made his first statement about the substance of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller April 22, repeatedly saying he's "troubled" by it, and saying he wants more testimony. "I'm troubled by it for a number of reasons. I'm troubled by the fact that at the highest level there's an acknowledgment that a foreign adversary, in a sweeping and systematic fashion, meddled in our election with the clear intent to undermine our democracy," Delgado said, opening a town hall meeting in Hoosick Falls. He also said he was troubled by the president and by the attorney general. He did not utter the word "impeachment," as others have since the report was released April 19. "There is still work to be done. We need to hear from Mueller. I need to understand... what the discussions were with his team and the D[epartment of Justice]," the first-term Congressperson from Rhinebeck said. "Let's let the process happen. Let's get some testimony on the books and continue the investigation. This cannot ultimately be a partisan outcome. This cannot ultimately rest on this party says one thing, this party says another. If that's the outcome it's not good for the country and it's not good for democracy." William J. Kemble is reporting for the Daily Freeman U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado said April 29 he agrees that Congress can take action against President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice. However, while calling for hearings to be held, Delgado stopped short of calling for impeachment proceedings, saying he worries about the partisan divide that currently exists in the country. In a conference call with reporters, the Rhinebeck Democrat said he was concerned by elements of special counsel Robert Mueller's 400-page report that outlined how Trump interfered with the investigation of Russia's suspected meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "The administration interfered with that process in a number of ways,” the first-term congressman said. The firing of FBI Director James Comey, asking former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the investigation and telling White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller, were three of the events cited in the report that Delgado said he found most troubling. About the prospect of impeachment, Degado said, “This is a very important process that should unfold ... with some sort of bipartisan support. ... Having it land in an incredibly partisan place, I worry that it would not ultimately have the effect of restoring people’s faith in the system.” Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

• Delgado announced May mobile office hours, where his staff answers questions and attempts to help constituents with government-related problems. On May 13, from 1 to 3 p.m., his staff will be at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library in Hillsdale, and at the Chatham Public Library from 4 to 6 p.m. On May 20, his staff will be in Otsego County at the Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Richfield Springs Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m.
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