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Audio Feature: WGXC Congressional Report 20190220

Feb 18, 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 (6:46).

• On Feb. 13 Delgado voted for ending U.S. military assistance to Saudi-led forces in the war in Yemen, which passed 248-177. He also voted last week, with most Democrats, on spending bills that kept the government open.

The Daily Freeman reports that protestors gathered at Rep. Antonio Delgado's Kingston office Feb. 8 to urge the freshman Democrat to sign on to the Green New Deal. Food & Water Watch, the New York Public Interest Research Group, and a few SUNY New Paltz students organized the protest. “The Hudson Valley is the heart of environmental activism in our country," said Nick Leone, vice president of the local chapter of NYPIRG. "If Delgado wants to truly represent his constituents, he will come out strong in the fight against climate change by supporting a 'Green New Deal,' and using his power to ban the expansion of all fossil fuel infrastructure in the Hudson Valley, including the Danskammer and Cricket Valley fracked gas plants.” In Kingston he is criticized for not signing on to the Green New Deal, and in a new series of online ads, Delgado is being picked on for backing the environmental plan. Roll Call reports that the Congressional Leadership Fund, a group aligned with House GOP leadership, is targeting Delgado, attempting to link him to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the so-called Green New Deal. The plan would create new jobs to eliminate carbon emissions in the United States. The ad falsely claims, “Antonio Delgado and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have begun their radical Green New Deal assault on the American economy.” Then it uses video of Delgado from a forum last year with the New York League of Conservation Voters where Delgado said, “Why aren’t we thinking of a Green New Deal?” while suggesting bold ideas were needed to take on climate change. Last week the National Republican Congressional Committee announced Delgado as one of the Democrats they will attempt to unseat in 2020.

Brett Samuels reports for The Hill that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a show meeting with President Donald Trump Feb. 12 at the White House. Cuomo wanted to convince Trump to eliminate a provision in the Republicans' 2017 tax-cut law that caps the state and local tax deduction at $10,000, raising taxes on many New Yorkers who now cannot write off their local taxes. A spokesperson for Trump claimed the President listened to Cuomo's concerns about the tax issue, and "reiterated the negative impact that high taxes in states like New York have on hardworking families and job creators." Mostly though, Trump changed the subject, telling Cuomo he needed to bring back fracking in New York, with companies injecting water and chemicals underground in order to fracture rocks and release natural gas. Trump claims fracking would invigorate the stagnant upstate New York economy. Rep. Antonio Delgado, meanwhile, on Feb. 12 announced he is cosponsoring the bipartisan Securing Access to Lower Taxes by ensuring Deductibility Act of 2019, or SALT Deductibility Act. He Tweeted Feb. 12, "Glad to cosponsor [a] bipartisan bill to eliminate SALT cap. The 2017 tax law irresponsibly added more than $1 trillion to deficit while creating the cap that results in double taxation for middle- & working-class families. Repealing it is right thing to do." Read the full story at The Hill.

• With the U.S. House of Representatives heading to a winter break, Rep. Antonio Delgado will hold six town hall meetings around the 19th Congressional District. Delgado has created Facebook Live webstreams for his four previous town hall meetings, which WGXC has broadcast live on 90.7-FM. WGXC plans to broadcast these town meetings too:
• Columbia County Town Hall, Saturday, February 16, 2 – 3 p.m. at the Kellner Community Center, 50 Palatine Park Rd., Germantown.
• Otsego County Town Hall, Monday, February 18, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Cooperstown Village Hall, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
• Delaware County Town Hall, Tuesday, February 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Delaware Academy High School, 2 Sheldon Dr., in Delhi.
• Montgomery County Town Hall, Wednesday, February 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Canajoharie High School Auditorium, 136 Scholastic Way, in Canajoharie.
• Greene County Town Hall, Saturday, February 23, 1 – 2 p.m. at Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, 6050 Main St. in Tannersville.
• Ulster County Town Hall, Saturday, February 23, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Ellenville High School Auditorium, 28 Maple Ave. in Ellenville.
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