Congresswoman Stefanik: 100 Day Report
When I ran for Congress, I pledged to work my hardest on behalf of New York’s 21st District in Washington. Now that I am one hundred days into office, I am happy to report that we have hit the ground running on your behalf.
In fact, I am proud to have helped the House of Representatives pass dozens of pieces of legislation that would help North Country families and businesses. For instance, with my support, the House has passed the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act and the Regulatory Accountability Act – both of which are bipartisan bills to reduce burdensome federal regulations to help our small businesses grow and get people back to work.
We have passed legislation aimed at improving “529” college savings plans so that families can better save for higher education and reduce the debt that too often comes with a college degree. And I was proud to support the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act -- important legislation that President Obama has signed into law that will help provide resources to help combat the tragedy of our nation’s veterans committing suicide while waiting for the care they need.
Most recently I was proud to join Congressman Chris Gibson as an original cosponsor of the Family Farm Relief Act of 2015 – legislation that would help North Country farmers by making reforms to our H-2A visa program. This legislation would make it significantly easier for farmers to find, hire, and keep H-2A workers.
When I ran for Congress I pledged to reach across the aisle and work on bipartisan solutions for our district. Last month I was proud to lead the entire New York Congressional Delegation’s effort to defend Fort Drum against the devastating sequester cuts that threaten this installation, and in turn, threaten our local economy, our state and the security of our nation.
Recently I led a bipartisan effort on behalf of 43 Freshmen lawmakers to urge Speaker John Boehner to fast track consideration of H.R. 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act. This bipartisan legislation would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s onerous medical device tax that is limiting access to the healthcare devices that North Country families need and undermining the medical device industry that is so important to our local economy. This is an extremely important issue for our district, especially in Warren County, home of what is called "catheter valley" because of the numerous catheter manufacturers.
Importantly, my office has remained committed to providing transparency to our constituents on everything I am working on for you in Congress. I post the rationale for all of my legislative votes on my official Facebook page, and on my website constituents can find all of the legislation that I am working on.
In addition, my official schedule is made public online and we have launched a weekly e-newsletter – a platform for me to explain exactly what I have been working on for you and deliver it directly to your email inbox. I encourage everyone to follow me on my social media accounts and subscribe to my weekly updates at my official website.
I remain honored to serve New York’s 21st district and promise that the first hundred days is just the beginning.
Our offices have opened up in Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, Watertown and Washington, and my staff is committed to helping North Country families and businesses with any matter concerning the federal government. I encourage constituents to visit my online office at Stefanik.house.gov, and I look forward to continuing to work hard on your behalf.