Audio Feature: This week in news for Rep. John Faso: 20170814

Aug 11, 2017 9:56 am • Staff
Here's the week in the news for Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), the District 19 Congressman for the WGXC listening area. currently reports Faso votes with Donald Trump's positions 87.8 percent of his votes. This week Congress is not in session, and Faso is visiting Israel. Click here to download or play an audio version of this report.

Matthew Hamilton reports in the Albany Times Union that Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) left the area Aug. 7 for Israel on a week-long fact-finding trip paid for by the American Israel Education Foundation. The U.S. House Ethics Committee approved the trip. What does Faso think about what's going on in the Middle East? "I think the status quo is what we are going to have to deal with until such time that the status quo changes," Faso said. The group Faso will be with will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and an undisclosed representative from the Palestinian Authority. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.

• U.S. Rep. John Faso is one of 10 GOP senators and congressmen targeted with new digital ads by a national organization opposed to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In a statement released Tue., Aug. 8, Save My Care, announced it has launched a new campaign to "make sure that voters know their member of Congress voted to repeal their health care." The ad campaign will run statewide in Arizona, Nevada, West Virginia and in seven house districts, including New York's 19th Congressional District. Other Republicans targeted by the campaign include Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Nevada Senator Dean Heller, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, Rep. Tom MacArthur of New Jersey and five others.

James Nani is reporting at The Fray a Kingston-based political action committee called NY 19 Votes has raised nearly $32,000 in its effort to unseat U.S. Rep. John Faso. According to its website, NY 19 Votes “grew from the #Resistance and Indivisible movement after the November election.” The group said it has already brought together nearly 400 volunteers at 12 launch sites across the 19th Congressional District and organized more than 1,000 volunteers to knock on doors. NY 19 Votes registered with the Federal Election Commission in April. In its mid-year campaign report filed with the FEC, it said it raised just over $31,700 from 164 donors. The funds raised will be used for staff, canvassing logistics and maintaining its website and social media presence. “If we’re able to fundraise well, we’re hoping to build our staff out after November and help maintain pressure on Faso as the Democratic primary heats up,” said Dustin Reidy, campaign director for NY 19 Votes. Ready said the group will not support a candidate in the primary, but the infrastructure it is building will become available to whoever wins. Read the full story at The Fray, a Times Herald-Record blog.

The Daily Freeman is reporting U.S. Rep. John Faso will deliver the keynote address at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s contact breakfast, Wed., Aug. 16. Attendance is by paid admission. The event is not posted to the Public Schedule page of Faso's website. Since joining Congress in January, Faso has consistently failed to announce in a timely way his intention to appear at various public events held within the district. The Kinderhook Republican was elected in November 2016 to his first two-year term representing the 19th Congressional District. He serves on the House Budget, Transportation, Infrastructure and Agriculture committees. The Chamber breakfast will be held 7:30 a.m., Wed., Aug. 16, at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.

The Daily Freeman reports that U.S. Rep. John Faso will participate in a forum similar to a town hall meeting, at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 31 at Esopus Town Hall, organized by the Move Forward New York activist group. Of the 200 seats, 70 will distributed by Move Forward New York members, 70 by Faso’s office, and another 60 tickets will be available at the door, which opens at 6 p.m. Attendees will not get to ask questions, but questions will be written on index cards at the event before 6:20 p.m. There will not be follow-up questions. Faso's office has not said how it will distribute its share of the tickets. Faso has never held a traditional town hall meeting with constituents. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.