Representative Anthony Brindisi

Representing the 22nd District of New York

BRINDISI TO SERVE ON HOUSE AGRICULTURE AND VETERANS’ AFFAIRS COMMITTEES; WILL BRING THE VOICES OF UPSTATE VETERANS, FARMERS TO CONGRESS

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January 18, 2019
Press Release

Brindisi’s Work On House Agriculture Committee Will Help Upstate New York Farmers; Dairy Industry Supports Nearly 4,000 Direct Jobs, More Than $235 Million In Wages, And Generates An Economic Impact of $1.83 Billion

46,000 Veterans In NY-22 Can Count On Brindisi To Hold The VA Accountable And Advocate For The Services And Benefits They’ve Earned

Brindisi To Establish Local Agriculture And Veterans Advisory Councils

 

Standing today with veterans and farmers, Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) announced he has been appointed to serve on the U.S. House Committees on Agriculture and Veterans’ Affairs, where he will fight for priorities important to Upstate New York.

“I am excited to begin my work on the House Agriculture Committee and deliver results for our farmers, producers, rural communities, and hardworking families,” said Congressman Brindisi. “I will work across the aisle to make sure our local farmers have the support they need to get a fair price for their goods, succeed financially, and make an honest living.”

The House Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over issues related to livestock, poultry, dairy, agricultural credit, rural development, nutrition, and horticulture, including fruits, vegetables, and nuts. NY-22 is classified as more than 50% rural. The dairy industry alone supports nearly 4,000 direct jobs, more than $235 million in wages, and generates an economic impact of $1.83 billion.

“I’m honored to have the chance to serve our Veterans on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee,” said Congressman Brindisi. “These brave men and women put their lives on the line to defend our country and they must come home to grateful nation. I will work every single day to meet the needs of our veterans and ensure the VA has the tools and resources it needs to give veterans the best possible care. If the VA falls short of this standard, I’m committed to holding them accountable to make sure veterans are being put first and that each and every one has access to the high-quality care he or she needs.”

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee oversees federal programs for veterans including health care, veterans’ hospitals, education programs, job counseling, and transition from service to civilian life. Over 46,000 veterans reside in NY-22 and the district is served by three VA community-based outpatient clinics in Binghamton, Rome and Bainbridge. Veterans in the district also seek care at the VA Medical Centers in Syracuse and Albany. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee is considered one of the most bipartisan committees in Congress.  

“My top priority as a member of Congress is listening to my constituents and doing everything I can to solve their problems,” said Congressman Brindisi. “That’s the same approach I will take to the Agriculture and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. That’s why I am setting up two advisory councils made up of folks from the district who can help guide my work and priorities in Congress. My team and I will meet regularly with our Veterans Advisory Council and our Agriculture Advisory Council to hear directly from those on the frontlines about the challenges they are facing and the work that needs to be done. I know there is a lot to do.”

To apply for Congressman Brindisi’s Veterans Advisory Council, please email NY22vets@gmail.com by Friday, February 1 expressing interest.

To apply for Congressman Brindisi’s Agriculture Advisory Council, please email NY22agriculture@gmail.com by Friday, February 1 expressing interest.

 

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