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  • Agriculture

    Agriculture is the backbone of our local economy. Our region features a wide variety of agricultural products, from specialty crops to dairy and livestock. I have had the privilege of visiting countless farms across our region and speak with local gr...

  • Diabetes Caucus

    As a father of a Type 1 Diabetic, this issue is personal to me. As the co-chair of the Diabetes Caucus, the largest disease specific caucus in Congress, I work tirelessly along with my co-chair, Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette, to improve the ...

  • Economy and Jobs

    The American economy needs a boost. A thriving economy provides good-paying jobs to hard-working people across our region. Unfortunately, the economy has been struggling in recent years. By supporting policies that improve America’s economic conditio...

  • Education

    K-12 Education We care about providing a quality education to all of our children across New York. I am especially concerned with federal intrusion of our local schools through efforts like Common Core. Last Congress we introduced legislation that wo...

  • Energy

    As we continue along the path towards energy independence, I favor an all-of-the-above approach to our energy needs. We must use all available resources to diversify our energy portfolio and support the American economy, while at the same time protec...

  • Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Healthcare costs are crippling hardworking people and are forcing employers to drop healthcare coverage, or worse go out of business. President Obama’s healthcare legislation has had a negative impact on many families across New York with skyrocketin...

  • Infrastructure

    America’s infrastructure is in need of repair. A strong infrastructure plan provides a direct benefit to the American people. Improving our crumbling transportation infrastructure will create jobs and and in effect improve our economy so that America...

  • Manufacturing Caucus

    We must fight for good-paying, high-quality jobs across our region. The manufacturing sector provides these kinds of jobs. A strong manufacturing base is critical to economic growth. This is why I am proud to be a Co-Chair of the bipartisan House Man...

  • Problem Solvers Caucus

    I co-chair the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. We are a congressional action group driven by forty-eight members of Congress - half Republican and half Democrat - who come together nearly every week to engage in a common sense approach to solving ...

  • Securing Social Security

    The Social Security Trust Fund and the Disability Insurance Fund were created to ensure individuals who had retired or had become disabled have a sustained income. It is only fair that each individual receives from the system what they paid into it. ...

  • Tax Reform

    The tax code is broken for all Americans. For the past thirty years America has fallen behind as the rest of the world has aggressively modernized their tax systems. Because of our outdated tax code, America is no longer the best place in the world t...

  • Welfare Reform

    The best government program is a job. We have many successful programs in America that help single parents and other low-income individuals get back on their feet, but there is more we can do. This is why I work as a member of the House Ways and Mean...

  • Veterans

    As the son of a career Army officer who worked his way through the enlisted ranks, I care about Veterans and their families. Our offices remain committed to ensuring they get the help they deserve. One of my number one priorities is ensuring that whe...