Josh Wanderer greets Congressman John Faso

By Michele Justic

On Thursday, July 19, NORPAC hosted Congressman John Faso at a casual poolside reception at the Lawrence home of Josh and Leslie Wanderer. Faso has represented the 19th Congressional District, which comprises all of Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster counties, and parts of Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery, and Rensselaer counties, for one term.

He serves in a swing district and faces opponent Antonio Delgado. Some media outlets have tried to focus on race in this election but Faso sticks with the issues. On his website, Faso states, “While serving in office, I developed a reputation as ‘tight-fisted’ … I don’t apologize for reading through budget bills.”

At the NORPAC event, Faso described himself as one of the “problem solvers” in Washington. He is one of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats who meet to try to hammer out solutions to problems without the extremist rhetoric which has gained more of a foothold on the rest of Capitol Hill. He takes a moderate approach on issues of the economy and trade, insisting most of the debate over deficits and government shutdown focuses on 28 percent of the spending and this is leading us on a “slow motion course for fiscal meltdown.”

Congressman Faso is proud to have visited Israel with AIPAC recently and the memories and experiences formed a deep impression on him. This is an area where he most agrees with President Trump regarding dissolving the Iran Deal, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital, and other U.S.-Israel policies.

When asked about the hot button issue in his district, Congressman Faso asserts it is jobs and the economy. He is seeing a population decline in his region, where enrollment in the school district is down 20 percent. The economy is booming but there is a shortage of job readiness skills. “The best thing is money in the pocket and optimism,” Faso said.

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