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The following are happenings in Congress made by Rep. Elise Stefaink, R-Willsboro:

Voting to protect Medicare

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, voted in support of H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017, according to a news release.

Stefanik cosponsored the bipartisan legislation in an effort to eliminate the Obamacare Independent Payment Advisory Board. According to the news release the IPAB has the authority to alter Medicare policy that could reduce seniors’ access to health care. This legislation passed the House by a vote of 307-111.

“The Independent Payment Advisory Board is an ill-conceived part of Obamacare that puts unelected bureaucrats in charge of Medicare decisions,” said Rep. Stefanik. “The government should not stand between seniors and their doctors, and I am pleased to vote in support of this bipartisan bill to protect Medicare.”

Addressing the House

Congresswoman Stefanik addressed the House on Friday in support of the Championing Healthy Kids Act which funds . This bipartisan legislation funds CHIP.

Watch the video below to listen to her statement:

Congressmembers reintroduce broadband funding plan

Representatives Elise Stefanik, Mark Pocan, Cheri Bustos, Jared Huffman and Hal Rogers joined together to reintroduce the Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program Act, according to a news release.

U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate earlier this year.

According to the news release, the bipartisan bill would award grant funding to rural broadband projects in high-need in combination with the current loan funding available through USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. 

“Broadband is critical infrastructure in a 21st century economy so that our North Country businesses can compete around the globe,” said Rep. Stefanik. “Broadband access is also important to ensuring our children have access to the educational resources they need to succeed. This important legislation would provide greater resources to build this 21st Century infrastructure in the North Country and in rural areas across our nation. I am pleased to join Congressman Pocan to introduce this bipartisan legislation in the House, and I urge my colleagues to support this effort.”

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