As we begin a new Congress with a new president, we have received hundreds of calls and emails about the issues listed below, and I wanted to ensure that voters know where I stand:
- Social Security/Medicare — Some of my colleagues have advocated reducing Medicare to vouchers or block grants, or reducing benefits. I will not support any of these options. We should expand, not reduce, payments to seniors who paid into the system.
- Planned Parenthood — Congress has already laid the groundwork to eliminate reimbursements to Planned Parenthood. I will not support attempts to defund an organization which provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and family planning to more than 40,000 Hudson Valley residents every year.
- The Affordable Care Act — Although the ACA (“Obamacare”) is imperfect, I do not support repeal without a replacement. It’s reckless and would eliminate healthcare for tens of thousands of our neighbors.
- The “Muslim Ban” — I joined more than 160 House Democrats in introducing the Statue of Liberty Values Act (SOLVE), which would defund and effectively end implementation of the president’s executive order. Stopping terrorists from coming to our country is a great idea, but that’s not what this does. It hurts the guys who helped us in Iraq and innocent people who just want to be reunited with their families. This whole mess shows me that President Trump is winging it.
As always, I encourage you to contact my Newburgh office (845-561-1259) if we can be of service or you have additional concerns.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Washington, D.C.