U.S. Congressman John Katko | E-Newsletter
Week in Review | January 14, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman John Katko
Week in Review

Leading Bipartisan Efforts to Rebuild CNY Infrastructure


In Central New York and across the country, our infrastructure is crumbling. Bridges, roads, and ports have fallen into disrepair and states and local municipalities are not able to plan for the long-term. I was proud to work in a bipartisan manner with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and members of the Problem Solvers Infrastructure Working Group to produce a comprehensive report detailing areas in which we can begin to work together to streamline processes and provide sustainable funding solutions. 

The Infrastructure Working Group met with over one hundred outside stakeholder organizations, the Administration, and leaders in Congress, to develop bipartisan concepts to move an infrastructure plan forward. These bipartisan policy options will be the foundation for a comprehensive plan to rebuild and responsibly invest in infrastructure across the United States.


Following the release of this report, Central New York transportation leaders and stakeholders highlighted the importance of investing in infrastructure locally.  See what they're saying by clicking here.

 
Tune in Tuesday: Facebook Live Q&A with the Auburn Citizen


On Tuesday, January 16th at 10:00 a.m., I will be sitting down with The Auburn Citizen’s Robert Harding to answer your questions. 
Our conversation will be livestreamed on The Citizen’s Facebook page, and I’ll be taking your questions live.  If you’re unable to participate, but would still like to ask a question you may submit it to Robert.Harding@lee.net



Fighting to Lower Energy Costs for Central New Yorkers


Following the enactment of tax reform, companies nationwide are passing on savings to consumers.
  I've urged the New York State Public Service Commission to evaluate the implications of this law on energy companies, and to report on expected rate changes for New Yorkers.  
Read more by clicking here.


Mental Health Task Force Report Recommendations Enacted by SUNY Upstate

Throughout my time as Central New York’s Representative in Congress, I’ve fought alongside community advocates, healthcare providers, educators, and hospitals to improve access to pediatric mental healthcare in Central New York.  Together with Assemblyman Magnarelli, I was proud to launch a bipartisan Mental Health Task Force, which provided a series of
targeted recommendations to enhance adolescent mental health care in our community last year.  This week, SUNY Upstate Medical University announced it will add an inpatient adolescent psychiatry unit here in Central New York.  I commend Upstate Medical University for acting swiftly on the recommendations of our task force and for its dedication to improving access to care in our community. In Congress, I am proud to serve as Co-Chair of the Mental Health Caucus, and I remain committed to improving early identification of behavioral and mental health issues among children and increasing access to quality treatment. 

Legislative Update: Human Trafficking Measure Signed into Law


Too often, human traffickers take advantage of our nation’s transportation network to transport their victims from one location to the next.  Earlier this year, I introduced and passed through Congress bipartisan, bicameral legislation to strengthen our nation’s efforts to combat human trafficking by banning an individual from operating commercial motor vehicles for life if he or she has committed a human trafficking crime.   This week, the President signed this measure into law. 

Truck drivers are often a critical asset in helping law enforcement identify victims who otherwise might go unseen.  However, an isolated few individuals have taken advantage of their position to illegally traffic innocent people.  This measure will help us stop this from occurring, and I commend the President for recognizing the importance of addressing human trafficking and for signing this measure into law.  While the vast majority of our nation’s truck drivers are hardworking, honest men and women, this bill is necessary to ensure that the select few who commit these crimes are brought to justice



Around CNY

I recently joined Grant Reeher on WRVO's The Campbell Conversations for a discussion on tax reform and my priorities going into 2018.  When it comes to infrastructure, ending the heroin epidemic, and keeping this country safe, I will always reach across the aisle to get things done for Central New York. 
 

 

I was honored to attend the inauguration of City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh.  I admire the Mayor’s commitment and dedication to overcoming the challenges that face our city. I look forward to working with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, and their Administration to make Syracuse, and all of Central New York, a stronger and better place to live. 



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Sincerely,
John Katko (NY-24)
Member of Congress

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IN THE NEWS

House group led by John Katko agrees on outline of infrastructure deal

Katko pushes plan to repair infrastructure

Rep. John Katko to participate in Facebook Live interview with The Citizen Jan. 16

Katko hopeful federal tax plan will reduce energy bills for New Yorkers

Katko: NY utilities should use corporate tax cut to slash rates

After Katko's recommendation, CNY hospital to add adolescent mental health unit

Syracuse hospital to build long-awaited psych unit for teens  

President signs into law Katko measure fighting human trafficking

Katko: Redistricting could help bring civility back to politics

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