2017 was quite a busy and successful year! It brought us a new presidential administration, landmark reforms, and of course, comprehensive tax reform.
This week, we outlined the legislative initiatives we look to work on this year in Congress. Our priorities include: building upon tax reform, infrastructure improvements, welfare reform, college cost containment, and agriculture issues.
The successful foundation that tax reform provides will continue to jumpstart our local economies as it has already shown tangible results. Over 100 companies have announced bonuses and increased wages for workers across the country.
We are also committed to fixing our nation’s infrastructure. The Problem Solvers Caucus, which I co-chair, recently announced a bipartisan plan that outlines a comprehensive solution to rebuilding our roads, bridges, airports, sewers, waterways, and broadband network.
The bipartisan policy solutions we’ve delivered provide Congress the building blocks necessary to craft a comprehensive infrastructure plan that both parties can agree to. I always look to work across the aisle to govern and infrastructure is an area in which we can find common ground. I look forward to working with my colleagues and with the President to move our nation’s infrastructure projects forward.
Additionally, we look to reform our welfare system by streamlining inefficient and duplicative government programs and call for work and volunteer requirements in order to receive benefits.
We have to make sure these programs reward work and that folks get the training they need to reenter the workforce. We need to empower people and ensure they are able to become self-sufficient as we know they strive to be.
Other issues that will be the focus of our office are tackling the skyrocketing cost of college tuition and protecting upstate farmers by fighting to maintain specialty crop research programs and reforming dairy protection programs, including the Margin Protection Program (MPP), to better reflect the true costs and needs of our farmers.
As always, Please stay in touch and share your thoughts by contacting any of our offices.