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New York State has flattened the curve of new coronavirus infections. Entering the final week of April, the daily totals of new hospitalizations and deaths have significantly declined.  Shutdowns of “non-essential” economic activity and social distancing are having the desired effect by reducing the spread of the virus, though those same shutdowns are wreaking havoc on both private and public sector finances. 

John Faso: The Federalism Dustup

Apr 16, 2020

On Monday, President Trump asserted he has the power as president to order the reopening of the economy.  He also issued a tweet whereby he stated that his power as president supersedes the authority of governors of the respective states.

COVID-19 Diagram
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the United States and the world.

There is no doubt in my mind that few living Americans have ever experienced anything like the Coronavirus.

John Faso: New York's Bail Reform Mess

Feb 25, 2020

Last Friday, Albany County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 23-year old Schenectady man for driving without a license.  According to the Albany Times Union, the man’s license had been suspended 26—yes 26— times.  Such aggravated unlicensed operation is a felony under New York law.  The license suspensions had been issued because the driver repeatedly failed to pay fines and appear in court over the past three years. 

John Faso: War Powers And Political Theatre

Jan 21, 2020

“This government wants Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead.”  So said Secretary of State John Hay in 1904 during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.

John Faso: Impeachment Mistake

Dec 13, 2019

Last March, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that, “impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country.  And he's just not worth it.”

John Faso: Warren's Folly

Nov 5, 2019

Last week, after a long wait, Sen. Elizabeth Warren released her latest plan:  how to pay for her proposed “Medicare for All” program.

John Faso: U.S. Deficit Follies Continue

Oct 25, 2019

As the House of Representatives and the Trump Administration spar over impeachment, the public can be excused for forgetting about our national debt and annual deficits. Forgetting it doesn’t change the fact that the nation’s finances are a mess.

John Faso: Impeachment Follies

Oct 9, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently announced that she was directing three House committees to open an “impeachment inquiry” based upon the whistle-blower complaint filed with the CIA Inspector General. 

The field in the Democratic Party presidential sweepstakes is finally beginning to narrow.  Three candidates have seen the writing on the wall and have dropped out.  One new candidate, California billionaire Tom Steyer who has spent many millions promoting impeachment of President Trump, has jumped in. 

John Faso: Rhetoric Vs. Reality

Jul 2, 2019

In the age of 24/7 media, we’re constantly bombarded with news and information, some true and some not so true.  It has always been difficult for the discerning citizen to decipher the political rhetoric from reality, and a new report this week illustrates this point.

John Faso: Tariff Man

Jun 5, 2019

President Trump has had varying political positions over the past 30 years. In shifting his positions, Mr. Trump is not unique.  Times change; issues change as does public opinion. Emerson once said:  “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

Last week, President Trump met with Democratic Congressional leaders concerning infrastructure. Sen. Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi left the meeting saying that they had a good discussion with Mr. Trump and agreed that a $2 Trillion program – likely over 10 years – would be needed.  In three weeks’ time, the President is supposed to present a plan on how to pay for such a program.

John Faso: Defending The Electoral College

Apr 16, 2019

The last time I looked, the list of Democratic Party presidential candidates had grown to 18, reminding us of the GOP free-for-all with 17 candidates in 2016.

John Faso: Marijuana - To Legalize Or not?

Mar 27, 2019

In the thank goodness for small favors category, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has removed marijuana legalization from his budget proposal.  This will allow the legislature and the public to have a more considered evaluation of the issue.

John Faso: Emergency At The Border

Mar 13, 2019

George Washington issued a presidential proclamation calling out the militia to put down a taxpayer rebellion in Pennsylvania.  Shortly after assuming office in 1861, Abraham Lincoln declared a naval blockade of Southern ports. Then, Lincoln issued an executive order increasing the size of the army and navy, and over 40,000 volunteers were given three-year enlistments.

John Faso: Beyond The Reproductive Health Act

Feb 19, 2019

“He’s got a knife! He’s going to kill the baby!” Those are the words spoken by Jennifer Irigoyen, a 35-year old Queens real estate agent who was killed in the vestibule of her apartment building in the early morning hours of February 3rd.

John Faso: The Elephant In The Room

Jan 31, 2019

While the attention of the nation has been focused on the 35-day partial government shutdown and the issue of border security, little attention has been paid to the looming fiscal crisis facing the federal government and the American people. The national debt is now over $21 trillion and current estimates suggest that we will soon be approaching annual deficits in excess of $1 trillion. Our debt and deficits are the elephant in the room which few policy-makers wish to address.

John Faso: Rhetoric Vs. Compromise

Jan 10, 2019

The partial shutdown of the federal government continues.  Nine agencies have suspended operations and all but certain employees deemed essential are temporarily furloughed. 

Congressman John Faso
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Residents of New York’s 19th Congressional district are saying goodbye to their representative.

In today’s Congressional Corner, outgoing Republican John Faso wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Rep. John Faso talks with reporters in Valatie at his campaign-watch headquarters.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

As Democrats were celebrating a new beginning with Antonio Delgado’s win in the 19th House district, a longtime New York official was met with the potential end of his political career.

Social Security and Medicare have been major issues in the midterm campaign.
In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican John Faso of New York’s 19th House district wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Will the blue wave come to New York’s 19th House district?
In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican John Faso continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

A lot of eyes are on New York’s 19th Congressional district in Tuesday’s midterms.
In today’s Congressional Corner, Republican John Faso speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses New York's 19th Congressional district and the debate being held by WAMC today at 1 p.m. Dr. Chartock also shares his thoughts on early voting as November's midterm elections get closer.

AARP Releases Poll For NY-19, NY-22

Oct 2, 2018

AARP released a poll Tuesday showing Democratic congressional candidates with leads over their incumbent Republican opponents among older voters in two key swing districts. The survey in New York’s 19th and 22nd Districts also reveals what is important to voters 50 and older, issues such as health care and Medicare.

John Faso
John Faso

North Korea is a puzzle.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district wraps up conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

John Faso
John Faso

America’s tax system appears poised for massive changes.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

John Faso
John Faso

Our region is home to one of the nation’s few swing districts.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Republican John Faso of the 19th district speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.