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Hochul reflects on year and a half in office as term winds down

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During her year and a half in Congress, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) worked with members of both parties on behalf of Western New York’s small businesses, middle class families, veterans, students and seniors.

“It has been an honor and privilege to represent and fight for the people of Western New York,” Hochul said.

Thanks to Hochul’s efforts, the temporary guest worker program has been streamlined and is now available electronically, saving farmers across the country time and money.

Under Hochul’s Clothe a Homeless Hero Act, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and local charities to distribute unclaimed clothing left at airport security checkpoints to homeless and needy veterans and their families. This bill passed House and Senate and is expected to be signed into law by the President.

Rep. Hochul is known for working closely with constituents to answer questions, solve problems, or cut through bureaucratic red tape. Hochul secured over $1.3 million dollars for her constituents.

Hochul made it a top priority to ensure the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS) would remain in Western New York for the foreseeable future. At Hochul's invitation, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visited the air base in August and promised to preserve the base.

Additionally, Hochul worked to ensure that American manufacturers continue to grow, create jobs at home, and outperform foreign competition. In her manufacturing jobs plan, she advocated for investing in American workers by closing the skills gap, bringing jobs home from overseas, cracking down on unfair Chinese trade practices, spurring production of America-made energy and resources, and keeping tax dollars in America. Rep Hochul introduced a bill to create incentives for local companies to partner with colleges and universities to match education and job training with the needs of our local businesses.

Please click here to see accompanying document for further information on Rep. Hochul’s accomplishments.

Jeff Allen
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Although she doesn't elude to future plans, Kathy Hochul proved to be an effective public servant and representative of our area. I wish her well.

Phil Ricci
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All the best, Kathy!

I have no confidence that Collins will be as involved. I'm hopeful I'm wrong, but his track record is pretty clear.

mike nixon
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Kathy Hochul, shouldn't go away mad, JUST GO AWAY! Her absolute backing of a HHS Mandate is disgusting as a Catholic. Scum bag.

Phil Ricci
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What is HMS?

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Sorry that was supposed to be HHS Mandate. I just corrected it.

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The Health and Human Services Department requiring all employers, including Christian(Catholic) institutions, to carry health insurance that allows for funding of birth control and abortion.

Phil Ricci
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I don't believe in mandates, and as long as an employer specifies to perspective employees that they will not cover it, it's fine. That's why it's called at will employment.

That said, I find companies who are not ecclesiastical in nature that use that excuse to be scummy. Again, I don't believe in mandates, but I won't give them my support either.

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I think the thing that really burned me was how she paraded it out and stated that it won't effect christian intitutions, before she must have read it. It was in a town hall meeting where she was corrected, as you can imagine, that went over like a f@&t in church. This was probably, unfortunate enough to end her tenure. In a couple of years when people forget about this, then she might be able to run again. But for now, just go away, like every other Democrat or Republican on their way out.

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Too bad her replacement isn't worth much. At least to me that is.

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Phil: Her Majesty's Ship. such as HMS Invincible, which I had the good fortune to visit many years ago just after the Falklands war.

Never heard of the HMS Mandate though..........

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invincible_class_aircraft_carrier

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