Editor:

Party first Stefanik.

Here we go again. First was the “party first” yes vote last year on the House GOP’s health bill leaving millions without affordable health care and causing seniors with fixed incomes in the 21st District to face certain rising health costs for allowable junk policies absent of current quality guidelines. Her response was that the process beyond her vote would allow for improvements that would address the glaring shortcomings which did not produce improvements sufficient to gain Senate approval. Why didn’t Representative Stefanik join the ranks of a handful of “country first” GOP senators who prevented we of the 21st District from the negative consequences of her party first vote? Poll after poll has made it clear that the most important issue for most of us is quality, affordable health care, and that issue remains unresolved for us and millions of others.

And now “across the aisle” Stefanik has again failed to take a “country first” stand by voting in favor of making public an exclusively GOP written report, which cited FBI procedural shortcomings related to the Trump investigation. This report was based on classified intelligence that the Department of Justice, FBI and Senate urged to have an opportunity to review in advance of making public. These requests were denied with her yes vote to distribute the memo. A call to Stefanik’s Washington office seeking her position regarding distributing Democrats memo several days ago yielded no reply.

Why not let the voters of the 21st District decide where the truth lies and allow respect for the Department of Justice who protects us all regardless of political party concern?

Steve Lobban, Lake George

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