BRINDISI: Agriculture Committee, Veteran Suicide Prevention, HIT and more

Rep. Anthony Brindisi

HAPPY SMALL BUSINESS WEEK – Small business owners are working hard to invest in our communities and our economy. This week we visited some great Upstate New York small businesses and will continue meeting business owners and employees from across the district as part of #BrindisiAtYourBusiness.

STANDING UP FOR OUR DAIRY FARMERS – I was proud to welcome Mike McMahon, partner and owner of E-Z Acres in Homer, to testify at the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture’s hearing on “Reviewing the State of the Dairy Economy.” In his testimony, Mr. McMahon addressed challenges with labor and environmental sustainability.

“Immigrant labor is absolutely critical to my operation,” Mr. McMahon said. “Agriculture needs a way to secure an immigrant workforce that is steady, willing, able, and legal.”

That’s exactly why I partnered with Congressman John Joyce (R-PA) to introduce H.R. 1778, the Diary and Sheep H-2A Visa Enhancement Act to expand the H-2A visa program to include dairy workers.

Watch HERE.

VETERAN SUICIDE PREVENTION – One veteran life lost to suicide is one too many. Alongside Congressmen Jim Banks (R-IN) and Mike Bost (R-IL), I introduced H.R. 2333, the Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act, to ensure the VA has the tools and resources it needs to provide life-saving mental health care to every veteran who walks in the door. Last week the House Veterans’ Affairs Health subcommittee considered our bill, and now it’s headed to the full committee this week. I am committed to working with members of both sides of the aisle to finally bring an end to this public health crisis. 
Any veteran, family member, or friend concerned about a veteran’s mental health can contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 800.273.8255 or text 838255. Find out more about how you can be there for veterans in crisis at BeThereForVeterans.com.

STOP THE HIT – We need to work together to lower the cost of health care. The Health Insurance Tax contributes to the rising cost in insurance premiums, affecting both families and businesses. That’s why I joined Congressman Kenny Marchant (R-TX) to introduce the Jobs and Premium Protection Act, repealing the HIT. Upstate New Yorkers are already worried enough about the skyrocketing costs of healthcare; it’s time we eliminate this tax once and for all. 
THE OPIOID CRISIS – Too many families have suffered because of the opioid epidemic. The recent rise in overdoses in Upstate New York has made it clear that we need to act now. Congressmen Max Rose (D-NY), French Hill (R-AR), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and I introduced the bipartisan Fentanyl Sanctions Act – the first-ever fentanyl sanctions effort in Congress. Our bill applies pressure on the Chinese government to make all fentanyl illegal, and also provides the U.S. with more tools to go after illicit traffickers and stop these deadly drugs from entering our country. 
MOBILE OFFICE HOURS – Our office holds mobile office hours across the district to help folks who have questions or problems with a federal agency or program, including Social Security and Medicare, veterans benefits, federal student loans, grant applications and more. Call us for help at 315.732.0713.
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