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Audio Feature: This week in News for Rep. John Faso 20180327

Mar 24, 2018 11:43 am
Here's the week in the news for Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), the District 19 Congressperson for the WGXC listening area. The Fivethirtyeight.com website currently reports Faso votes with Donald Trump's positions 87.1 percent of the time, a slight increase from last week. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report (7:48).

Heather Caygle reports at Politico that Rep. Louise Slaughter died March 16, after representing the Rochester area in Congress for more than 30 years. The 88-year old New York Democrat had been hospitalized for a fall last week. Slaughter was the first woman to chair the House Rules Committee. Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) issued the following statement: “I’m saddened to learn the news of Representative Louise Slaughter’s passing. Louise was a kind and caring colleague, and a steadfast advocate for the people of Western New York. As the first woman elected to serve Western New York in Congress, she is a trailblazer for so many women and young girls who also strive to serve our nation. May she Rest in Peace.”

• Another candidate says she wants to represent the 19th Congressional District. Luisa Parker is launching an independent bid for the seat now held by Republican John Faso of Kinderhook. Parker's website says she was brought to New York City "at 14 months of age" by her Cuban-born mother. Now she's a mother of two and has "undergraduate degrees at Pennsylvania State University," and "a graduate degree from the New School for Social Research." She lives in Sullivan County, though her website does not say when she moved there, and works as the Prevention Services Coordinator for Catholic Charities Prevention Services of Orange and Sullivan. "I do not possess a background in politics - so no smooth talking, soft-selling, glossy-looking individual here folks," says her website, which stresses education is her most-important issue. There are now seven Democrats, one Republican, and two independent candidates running for the 19th CD seat.

The Daily Freeman reports that Callie Jayne was arraigned March 20 and ordered to return in a week to court for allegedly trespassing on a parking lot at Rep. John Faso's Kingston office. The activist, protesting with others on the sidewalk outside Faso's office March 5, allegedly spent time in the adjacent parking lot, despite repeated warnings from the building's owners. The Daily Freeman story says, "Citizen Action of New York, with which Jayne is affiliated, has alleged she was charged because she is black." A spokesperson for Faso claims the Congressperson has nothing to do with the arrest. read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

The Dutchess County Republican Committee will host Sheriff David Clarke at a fundraiser April 17 at The Grandview, a private venue in Poughkeepsie. The former Sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin is controversial for many reasons: Clarke has called for the suspension of habeas corpus in the United States; his jail turned the water off to inmate Terrill Thomas' cell for six days, resulting in his death by dehydration; his jail handcuffed and shackled pregnant women and at least one woman in labor; Twitter has temporarily blocked him for promoting violence against the media; and he recently claimed that the schoolchildren who survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida were actually operatives of George Soros. Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) has praised Clarke at 2016 meeting of the Oath Keepers, an anti-government American far-right organization associated with the patriot and militia movements. (Click here to add brief excerpt of Faso praising Clarke into the story.)

Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), who sits on the House Committee on Agriculture, released a list of eight priorities March 20 for the Farm Bill currently being negotiated in Congress. They are:
• Facilitating more progress in improving dairy programs;
• Cracking down on fake organics and supporting upstate organics farmers;
• Helping veterans transition from military service to agricultural entrepreneurship;
• Enhancing conservation programs for farmers;
• Invigorating rural Upstate economies;
• Promoting healthy nutritional choices;
• Aiding Upstate farmers’ markets and our seniors;
• Supporting farmer mental health.

here to download or play an interview with Delaware County farmer Tianna Kennedy who recently lobbied Rep. John Faso and others on agricultural issues on recent trips to Washington D.C. and Albany to lobby. She discusses her experience with Faso and other representatives on the recording.

CNN reported that the House of Representatives passed a $1.3 trillion spending package 256-167 March 22. The bill, which Rep. Faso voted for, increases military and domestic spending, and keeps the government funded through the end of September.