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From Citizen Action New York:

There’s some big news out of D.C. this morning [3/16/17].

At 10 a.m., Congressmember John Faso voted in support of the disastrous Republican bill that would leave 120,000 people in his district without health care.

But three other Republicans on the budget committee voted against it. Yesterday, Politico reported that House Republicans from New York are becoming “wary of Obamacare replacement.” They should be. Thousands…have called, sent messages and held massive rallies every week – demanding health care for all, not tax breaks for the super-rich.

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The following link is an extensive analysis for who John Faso is, what his positions and actions have been over the many years he has been in politics, and clearly contradict his current attempt to appear more moderate. Although this is a long document, it is well worth going through and using as an ongoing reference.

http://2vmhfw1isbe32j3tgn3epw3x.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/John_Faso_Research_Report.pdf

HERE IS AN OMINOUS AND IMPORTANT ARTICLE FROM:  KAVIPS.WORDPRESS.COM

This item (was) buried in a (Trump Administration) Memorandum to several heads of departments…

Sec. 3.  Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States.  I direct the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the heads of all other relevant executive departments and agencies (as identified by the Secretary of Homeland Security) to rigorously enforce all existing grounds of inadmissibility and to ensure subsequent compliance with related laws after admission.  The heads of all relevant executive departments and agencies shall issue new rules, regulations, or guidance (collectively, rules), as appropriate, to enforce laws relating to such grounds of inadmissibility and subsequent compliance.  To the extent that the Secretary of Homeland Security issues such new rules, the heads of all other relevant executive departments and agencies shall, as necessary and appropriate, issue new rules that conform to them.  Such new rules shall supersede any previous rules to the extent of any conflict.

Here is what is problematic with this.  Sure, current laws can be rigorously enforced.  But that is just campaign talk, Current laws are always enforced to the same standard extent to which they are written by those working day in and day out.  Although we may like not to have tough laws enforced, we understand that IF they are in place, the legal system recognizes their right to be used (as long as such is Constitutional).

But focus on this part of the above quote:

“The heads of all relevant executive departments and agencies shall issue new rules, regulations, or guidance (collectively, rules), as appropriate, to enforce laws relating to such grounds of inadmissibility and subsequent compliance.  To the extent that the Secretary of Homeland Security issues such new rules, the heads of all other relevant executive departments and agencies shall, as necessary and appropriate, issue new rules that conform to them.  Such new rules shall supersede any previous rules to the extent of any conflict.”

Let’s walk through this… New rules will be issued by the heads of the departments.  They can be capricious, random, or prejudicial. They can be made up on the spot; there is no way to know.  For example based on some stories already told, you can be forced to present your phone with password. .. or… you will be body cavity searched, … or… you can be held indefinitely without further notice.

As with any law change or new power grab, in the hands of good people they can be tolerated if they are only used on known criminals.  But in the hands of bad, they can destroy a nation through their random use..

Essentially this single clause should be considered an enabling act, one wide open which as with that of Hitler, simply says that all rules will now be made solely by X and must be carried out exactly as X says.

Is there some sort of competition among Republicans to see who can stray farther from the truth and bend over backwards to turn the entire nation over to Wall Street and big corporations? It’s hard to know which one is leading this charge to come in second to Trump.  John Faso is certainly in the running.

His latest obfuscation concerns the disastrous Republican (Destroy) Health Care Plan. He brags that they are preserving coverage for children under the age of 26, and mandating coverage for preexisting conditions.  Here is just some of what he conveniently misses: cancelling the mandate for individuals to secure coverage and employers to provide it; cancelling the tax subsidies for low-income Americans to help pay for coverage; cancelling the expansion of Medicaid; cancelling national coverage standards for health plans; cancelling the federal health insurance exchange; and forcing those with pre-existing conditions into special high cost pools.  Estimates are that insurance companies will reap a billion dollar windfall in the first year –and you can be sure that some of that will trickle down to the campaign coffers of John Faso.

No doubt he will change his public stand on some of these, but you can bet that in the end he will vote the way Paul Ryan tells him to.

WE WILL ALL BE HURT, TOGETHER WITH OUR ENTIRE ECONOMY, unless you are a billionaire or a member of Congress. Here is a link to the letter AARP sent to Congress opposing the bill.

http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/politics/advocacy/2017/03/aarp-letter-to-congress-on-american-healthcare-act-march-07-2017.pdf

One item that may be easy to overlook is how it will affect students over the age of 26, who do not make enough for the proposed tax breaks to help them.Higher education costs are already way too high and this is sure the drive students away, impacting those on whose future the nation’s technological future depends.

Here is a simple statistic that should convince you that a single payer system is the only way to go.  Overhead and profit take at least 20% of the health care dollars spent on private insurance; Medicare’s overhead is below 2% (This number rises to around 6% if it includes the overhead of private insurers participating in Medicare Parts c & D). So if you spend $500 per month on private health insurance, over $100 is immediately withdrawn from what can be spent on actual care.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is inviting comment and counting calls before it decides on whether to approve Steve Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council. Call 202-224-4751. Just say: HI, MY NAME IS ________ .  I AM FROM _STATE___  . AND AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN.  I OPPOSE STEVE BANNON BEING CONFIRMED TO SIT ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL.

That’s all you have to do -shouldn’t take more than 10 seconds. Keep trying if you get a busy signal.

 

 

 

SOME OF THE SIGNS FROM THIS EVENT:2-25-poster-12-25-poster-22-25-poster-32-25-poster-4

Rep. Walter Jones (R-North Carolina) became the first Republican to cosponsor the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would create a 12-member committee to conduct an independent, bipartisan, 10-month investigation into the role Russia played in swaying the presidential election.  WHERE IS FASO ON THIS????

Recent Faso votes against environmental protection and worker protection.

Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule – Vote Passed (235-187, 10 Not Voting)
The measure would disapprove of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule issued in July 2016 that requires resource extraction issuers (companies that extract oil, natural gas or minerals) that are registered in the United States to provide detailed, public reporting of certain payments to governments that equal or exceed $100,000 per project annually.
Rep. John Faso voted YES

Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule – Vote Passed (228-194, 10 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove the Interior Department’s Stream Buffer Rule requiring that surface coal mining operations be designed to minimize the amount of waste placed outside the mined-out area, thus minimizing the amount of land disturbed.
Rep. John Faso voted YES

Disapprove Labor Law Rule – Vote Passed (236-187, 9 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove a Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA rule that requires federal contractors to self-certify violations of 14 specified federal labor laws and equivalent state laws. The laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Davis-Bacon Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act, among others. Rep. John Faso voted YES

Disapprove BLM Methane Rule – Vote Passed (221-191, 20 Not Voting)
The bill would disapprove, under terms of the Congressional Review Act, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) rule issued last November that requires oil and gas producers to implement measures that reduce natural gas waste.
Rep. John Faso voted NO

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Today John Faso sent out an e-mail complaining that he is already being targeted for the next election and asking for donations for his re-election. He says Democrats are going to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into defeating him. But what about the millions he received from billionaires whose interests are in securing his votes to continue the destruction of the middle class – such as weakening regulations on Wall Street and lowering taxes on the rich.

In the less than a month he has been in office, he is already showing us who he is;  voting against veterans, voting against the Affordable Care Act, and voting against a woman’s right to choose.