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Week in Review | February 2, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman John Katko
Week in Review

CNY Advocate Attended State of the Union

At the President’s State of the Union address, I was truly privileged have Teresa Woolson as my guest.
Teresa, an Oswego County mother who lost her son, Victor, to synthetic drugs in August 2012, created the Victor Orlando Woolson (V.O.W.) Foundation in his honor.  Since then, she has worked tirelessly on a local, state, and federal level to advocate for stronger policies to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid addiction and combat the rise of synthetic drugs.

Hours before the State of the Union began, Teresa and I met with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (OR-2) to tell Victor’s story and highlight the importance of the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act, legislation I’ve introduced in the fight against the heroin and synthetic drug epidemic. This bill modernizes the Controlled Substances Act and outlaws 13 synthetic fentanyls that have been identified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as an immediate threat to public health.

Securing FEMA Relief for Cayuga County

Following my advocacy with Representative Slaughter, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted aid requests previously denied for Cayuga and Monroe Counties.

 After persistently high water levels and unprecedented flooding in communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline in 2017, Governor Cuomo officially requested that a major disaster declaration be issued for New York.  In December 2017, while many other counties in New York State were granted aid, Cayuga and Monroe counties were denied federal assistance.  Responding immediately, Representative Slaughter and I acted in a bipartisan manner in urging FEMA to reconsider any expedited appeal submitted by the Governor in order to protect and rebuild shoreline communities in Cayuga and Monroe Counties. 

I would like to thank FEMA for acting quickly to assist Cayuga County in its recovery efforts. This federal aid is essential to rebuilding our shoreline and will provide necessary relief to the property owners, businesses, farmers, and municipalities in our community that have been devastated by flooding. 

Legislative Update: Leading the Way to Invest in Water Infrastructure

Following the President’s call for strengthened infrastructure during this week’s State of the Union address
, I introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation in the House to modernize our nation’s water infrastructure systemsThe Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act (SRF WIN Act) modernizes federal investment in water infrastructure to leverage $1 billion into over $50 billion in new funds to complete thousands of vetted water and wastewater State Revolving Fund projects.  This legislation will build on and preserve the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA), successful legislation that leveraged millions of dollars of investment into local water systems.  My legislation combines the best aspects of the State Revolving Funds with the leveraging power of WIFIA to more efficiently and affordably provide states with access to new funding to make the desperately needed investments in drinking and wastewater infrastructure. 

In Central New York and communities nationwide, we need to focus on updating our water infrastructure systems to ensure safe, reliable drinking water is available. I’m proud to introduce this innovative, bipartisan legislation, and hopeful for the prospect of billions of dollars in new water infrastructure investment. These funds could prove extremely helpful as communities throughout our region work to update and maintain water systems. 

Around CNY

Providing care for those in our community who suffer from opioid addiction and mental illness has been one of my top priorities since coming to Congress.
I was proud to celebrate the opening of Access CNY Berkana House, which is focused on helping adults 18 and over with mental health conditions or substance abuse issues. I am confident that the talented Crisis Respite staff will be able to provide quality care, and recovery services, for those in treatment.

I had a great time meeting with Second Graders at Stonehedge Elementary School last week. They have just completed a unit about American Government and I was glad to answer their questions about what they recently learned. A special thank you to the teachers, administrators, and aides that made this visit possible!


Check out my Facebook Live interview with the Auburn Citizen’s Robert Harding. We talked infrastructure, ending the opioid and synthetic drug epidemic, and my role on the Homeland Security Committee.

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John Katko (NY-24)
Member of Congress

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New Medicare Cards

I wanted to let you know that the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, will soon replace Social Security Numbers with a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier.  A new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier will replace the Health Insurance Claim Numbers, but not change Medicare benefits in any way, only how billings and claims are filed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ website or contact Maggie Benedict in my Syracuse Office at (315) 423-5657. 
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