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Dear Friends,

It is my greatest honor to represent you in Congress. As always, my mission is to advocate for Upstate New York and the North Country’s priorities at the highest levels of government. Here is a look at my past week working for you in Congress.

My Work This Week for Upstate New York and the North Country

Leading the Charge Against Lowering Farm Workers Overtime Threshold

I am proud to stand up for our New York farmers and oppose Kathy Hochul’s wage board’s reckless overtime proposal that jeopardizes the future of agriculture in New York State and the livelihoods of our hardworking farmers. This week, I led my colleagues in submitting a Congressional comment letter to New York Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon during its 60 day comment period. I brought to their attention that by lowering the threshold from 60 to 40 hours a week, the Farm Laborer Wage Board ignored over 70% of testimony from farmers and scientific reports. This decision would devastate the agriculture landscape of New York by making it less competitive and increase labor costs by 42%.


Upstate New York is home to thousands of dairy farmers, apple growers, and maple producers, who work tirelessly to provide for our communities but are being forced to bear the burdens of poor decisions made in Albany. I will continue to bring the concerns of our farmers to the highest levels and continue to oppose the lowering of the overtime threshold at every turn, because if we have no farms, we have no food.


 New Yorkers can submit comments to regulations@labor.ny.gov on New York State Department of Labor’s proposed farmworker overtime regulation until December 11, 2022.

Read more here.
Standing Up Against Hochul’s Out-of-Touch Gas Vehicle Ban

Kathy Hochul is completely out-of-touch with hardworking New Yorkers. Today, I led my colleagues in opposing Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposal to ban gas-powered vehicles by 2035. Her mandate would impose significant cost burdens on New Yorkers while costs are already high, overburden the state’s electric grid, and limit consumer choice.


This is an attack on hardworking families in New York’s 21st District, who are already paying historically high costs due to Albany Democrats’ war on American energy. Electric vehicles will not serve our communities well, especially because families in our district often have to commute over an hour each way to work. I will continue to oppose this Far Left Green New Deal agenda that shamelessly prioritizes the needs of New York’s urban cities over our hardworking communities.

Read my full letter here.
Returning to Academic Excellence in the Classroom

This week, the Nation’s Report Card scores showed the largest math declines recorded for fourth and eighth graders, 69% of eighth graders are not proficient in reading, and 73% are not proficient in math. It is obvious that Democrats’ authoritarian mask mandates and prolonged school lockdowns have failed our students and put an entire generation behind. We should be laser-focused on addressing this historic learning loss and getting our students back on track. Instead, New York State’s Far Left Democrat leadership has used COVID-19 relief funds to advance their radical woke agenda in the classroom and Critical Race Theory indoctrination, rather than equipping students with fundamental math and reading skills. With over two-thirds of our eighth grade students failing to demonstrate proficiency in reading and math, it is imperative we cease radical indoctrination and return back to the basics in our schools. 

 

Parents should no longer have to accept divisive instruction and the lowering of academic standards. Instead, we should insist on schools that teach all students to strive for excellence. As part of our Commitment to America, House Republicans will empower parents with a greater voice in their children’s education and the freedom to seek out the best learning environment to prepare them for lifelong success.

Read my full statement here.
Introducing Bill to Counter Foreign Telecommunications Influence

I’m working to shine a light on the malign influence of the Chinese Communist Party and our other foreign adversaries. This week, I introduced the Foreign Adversary Communications Transparency (FACT) Act to counter the influence of China and other foreign adversaries on our nation’s telecommunications infrastructure. This bill would require the Federal Communications Commission to publish a list of companies who hold authorizations, licenses, or other grants of authority with over 10% ownership by foreign adversaries, including China, Russia, Iran, or North Korea.



I will continue advocating for transparency over the influence the Chinese Communist Party and other foreign adversaries have over our critical infrastructure. Allowing companies owned by China and our other foreign adversaries to have access to our critical infrastructure is playing with fire, and we must have transparency over the influence they can have over the lives of American citizens.

Read more here.
Meetings and Events

This week, I met with Advocate Drum in Watertown to discuss issues facing the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum community, as well as my work to strengthen Fort Drum, employ soldiers and military spouses, and deliver child care options to families. I also joined the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County to meet with several local agricultural producers and hear their concerns, so I can continue to bring them to the highest levels



In the News: This week's top news stories

Sun Community News: Stefanik leads comment letter opposing lowered overtime threshold 


Fox News: Stefanik vows to haul Cuomo in front of Congress for nursing home deaths if GOP takes House


 Spectrum News 1: New York House Republicans urge reversal of farm labor overtime change


Watertown Daily Times: Stefanik calls for federal probe of New York COVID-19 nursing home deaths 


Breitbart: Elise Stefanik Vows to Subpoena Andrew Cuomo over Nursing Home Scandal


Watertown Daily Times: Stefanik focused on Republican core tenets in run for reelection


Next TV: Bill Would Mandate FCC IDs of Foreign-Backed Communications Companies


Fox News: Experts react to US math, reading scores dipping for students after COVID-19: 'Dismal' 


Newsmax: Rep. Stefanik Blasts Dems for School Kids’ Low Test Scores 


Sean Hannity: STEFANIK SHREDS DEMS FOR LEARNING LOSS: ‘They’ve Put an Entire Generation Behind’ 


The Saratogian: Saratoga County Honor Deceased Veterans ceremony recognizes Providence vet

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I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your representative in Congress.

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Please know I am here to serve you. Never hesitate to reach out to my offices.  

Sincerely,
Elise
Washington, D.C.
2211 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202)-225-4611
Fax: (202)-226-0621
Glens Falls
5 Warren Street, Suite 4
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: (518)-743-0964
Fax: (518)-743-1391
Watertown
88 Public Square
Suite A
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315)-782-3150
Fax: (315)-782-1291
Plattsburgh
137 Margaret Street
Suite 100
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518)-561-2324
Fax: (518)-561-2408