Election 2018 democratic congressional candidates expect a fight from u.s. rep. john faso gas buddy

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“I have been horrified by what I’ve been seeing Trump do, by what I’ve been seeing John Faso do, by what I’ve been seeing the Republicans do, and I really feel strongly that we need more working class individuals in Congress,” Collier added. “I feel that Congress is completely disconnected,. Most [of] Congress is made up of wealthy elites. That is not representative of our country.”

“We need a clean Dream Act right now, today, to address 800,000-plus dreamers in this country,” Ryan said, referring to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. “We [also] have to figure out a path to citizenship for the 13 million folks here in the country so they can come out of the shadows and be part of our society, be part of our economy.”

“We have a mandatory minimum [sentencing] policy in our country that has simply resulted in people spending tremendous amounts of time behind bars for crimes they didn’t need to be jailed for in the first place,” said Jeff Beals, of Woodstock. “We have drug laws in our country for marijuana that essentially amount to arresting somebody if they’re black with marijuana. But if they’re white, they get off fine.”

“We take these votes for granted, in fact, and this is part of why we lost the last [2016] election,” he said. “The reason we take the votes for granted and we don’t do anything is there’s a $45 million lobby for the corporate prison industry. The subprime mortgage victims who were destroyed by the 2008 financial crisis were disproportionately people of color, and until we actually separate the big money and our politics, we’re not going to make a difference on this issue.”

Antonio Delgado, of Rhinebeck, said residents are not well-served by a member of Congress who is unwilling to take Trump to task for siding with racists. He cited comments made following the death of a woman following a white nationalist rally last year in Charlottesville, Va.

“It’s important to start talking about white supremacists,” Delgado said. “It is real, it is out there, it is a sickness. When you have a congressman like John Faso who does not push against a president who says ‘both sides are wrong,’ that’s a problem in and of itself.”

“The fact that we have Pruitt, who literally has made it his business to undermine the EPA … is a crime in and of itself,” Delgado said. “It is important that we put people in Congress who fully appreciate the moral imperatives … [to] strengthen the regulations of the EPA.”

“Defending public education and standing up for public school teachers … is more important now, more than ever, given what’s coming out of Washington,” he said. “I will stand up for our public school teachers, protecting Title II (funding to recruit teachers), making sure that here, in New York state, our public school system is fully funded.”

“That tax scam bill that passed, you know how much that cost?” he said. “About $1.5 trillion. You know how big the student debt crisis is in America? About $1.3 trillion. We have the money to solve these problems … and we can make sure our students get a degree without going into debt that they will never pay off.”

“That is how we will ensure that people will have the same access to affordable health care and the same health outcomes,” he said. “We have to expand the earned income tax credit that’s been proven to be effective in lifting up the working poor.”

“401(k)s have been a complete give-away for the financial services industry, and … people don’t have money saved for retirement,” he said. “Financial security, or insecurity, is one of the biggest concerns for our aging population here in this district.”

“I have been horrified by what I’ve been seeing Trump do, by what I’ve been seeing John Faso do, by what I’ve been seeing the Republicans do and I really feel strongly that we need more working class individuals in Congress,” she said. “I feel that Congress is completely disconnected, most Congress is made up of wealthy elites — that is not representative of our country.”

“We need a clean Dream Act right now, today, to address 800,000-plus dreamers in this country,” Ryan said. “We (also) have to figure out a path to citizenship for the 13 million folks here in the country so they can come out of the shadows and be part of our society, be part of our economy.”

“We have a mandatory minimum (sentencing) policy in our country that has simply resulted in people spending tremendous amounts of time behind bars for crimes they didn’t need to be jailed for in the first place,” said Jeff Beals, of Woodstock. “We have drug laws in our country for marijuana that essentially amount to arresting somebody if they’re black with marijuana, but, if they’re white, they get off fine.”

“We take these votes for granted, in fact, and this is part of why we lost the last election,” he said. “The reason we take the votes for granted and we don’t do anything is there’s a $45 million lobby for the corporate prison industry. The subprime mortgage victims who were destroyed by the 2008 financial crisis were disproportionately people of color and until we actually (separate) the big money and our politics we’re not going to make a difference on this issue.”

Antonio Delgado, of Rhinebeck, said residents are not well-served by a member of Congress who is unwilling to take Trump to task for siding with racists. He cited comments made following the death of a woman following a white nationalist rally last year in Charlottesville, Va.

“It’s important to start talking about white supremacists,” he said. “It is real, it is out there, it is a sickness. When you have a congressman like John Faso who does not push against a president who says ‘both sides are wrong,’ that’s a problem in and of itself.”

“The fact that we have Pruitt, who literally has made it his business to undermine the EPA … is a crime in and of itself,” Delgado said. “It is important that we put people in Congress who fully appreciate the moral imperatives … (to) strengthen the regulations of the EPA.”

“Defending public education and standing up for public school teachers…is more important now, more than ever, given what’s coming out of Washington,” he said. “I will stand up for our public school teachers, protecting Title II (funding to recruit teachers), making sure that here in New York state our public school system is fully funded.”

“That tax scam bill that passed, you know how much that cost?” he asked. “About $1.5 trillion. You know how big the student debt crisis is in America? About $1.3 trillion. We have the money to solve these problems … and we can make sure our students get a degree without going into debt that they will never pay off.”

“That is how we will insure that people will have the same access to affordable health care and the same health outcomes,” he said. “We have to expand the earned income tax credit that’s been proven to be effective in lifting up the working poor.”

“401K’s have been a complete give away for the financial services industry and…people don’t have money saved for retirement,” he said. “Financial security, or insecurity, is one of the biggest concerns for our aging population here in this district.”