U.S. Congressman John Katko | E-Newsletter
Week in Review | March 4, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman John Katko
Week in Review

WATCH: Syracuse Police Chief Urges Passage of Synthetic Drug Legislation

Syracuse Police Department Chief Frank Fowler traveled to Washington this week to urge support for legislation I’ve introduced to combat the synthetic drug epidemic plaguing our community.
My bill, the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act, is bipartisan, bicameral legislation which 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.

In Syracuse and throughout Central New York, we’ve seen record surges in synthetic drug overdoses and our law enforcement are on the front lines combating this epidemic without the support they need. The legislation I’ve introduced will help stop the unlawful importation and distribution of synthetic drugs and give our law enforcement the necessary tools to keep our community safe. Watch Chief Fowler's testimony by clicking here or below.

Conversation with CNY Students

This week, I sat down with students from West Genesee High School and Superintendent Dr. Chris Brown to discuss concerns about school safety in light of the recent horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida.
  I am committed to working towards real, bipartisan reforms in Washington and I'm grateful that these students took the time to contribute to this important conversation.  I sincerely appreciate their input. 


Supporting SNAP and the Food Bank of the Central New York

The Food Bank of Central New York provides thousands of healthy meals each year to those in need.  I always enjoying talking with this organization about what I can to do support programs like SNAP, which offers nutrition assistance to millions of low-income individuals and families in our community.  This important program helps provide economic benefits to communities by feeding those in need, reducing food waste, and promoting wellness and I will continue to be a staunch advocate for SNAP in Congress. 

Legislative Update: Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation Passes House

Human trafficking is a modern-day version of slavery, and sadly, exists in many of our communities nationwide. In Central New York, organizations like McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center and Vera House, Inc. work tirelessly to protect victims and end these heinous crimes.  With my support, this week the House passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. This legislation empowers human trafficking survivors and provides state and local law enforcement with the necessary legal tools to go after websites that facilitate human trafficking. 

Supporting Local and Small Businesses

Glad to be at Recess Coffee & Roastery to celebrate the success of this small business as well as many other growing businesses here in Central New York. Recess was one of several local businesses that recently completed the U.S. Small Business Administration Emerging Leaders Program, which helps connect local entrepreneurs with the support they need to grow and thrive in our community.                                                                      

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John Katko (NY-24)
Member of Congress

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