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Lawler and Gottheimer: Welcome to New York. That’ll Be 100 Bucks

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We are from different states and political parties. Our views on issues vary widely. But on at least one thing, we passionately agree: New York’s “congestion pricing” plan for Midtown Manhattan, scheduled to begin later this year, is a greedy and unnecessary cash grab. It’s a slap in the face to hardworking families, small-business owners and commuters who want to put food on their family…

Compromise can still work in Washington

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Saturday night was proof that when good people — regardless of party — are willing to compromise, and determined to put results ahead of rhetoric, we can still govern this country and get things done for the American people. I was proud to play a central role in hammering out last night’s agreement, which passed both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate with broad…

Republicans like me don’t win from a shutdown, either

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Recent polling reveals that only around 25% of Americans believe our country is headed in the right direction, and there are a lot of reasons for them to feel that way. For starters, for a lot of people, the economy stinks. “Bidenomics” has failed. Reckless spending and radical policies created near-record inflation, soaring grocery bills, rising energy…

Rep. Lawler and Asm. Slater: Legislative Efforts to Fight the Scourge of Fentanyl in Our Communities

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Having both served in state and local government, we know first-hand the impacts of the fentanyl epidemic in the Hudson Valley. Substance use disorder and fentanyl are ripping families and communities apart across the country, and it is incumbent on all of us to work together, in a coordinated effort at the federal, state and local level, to put a stop to this deadly scourge. At the…

New York Republicans Respond on SALT Cap

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It is our duty as members of Congress to defend the pocketbooks of our constituents.’ We were surprised to read your editorial “Republicans Return to the SALT Mines” (Aug. 4) questioning our stance on the state and local tax-deduction law (SALT) that has been crippling hardworking, middle-class families in New York for the past six years.  The 2017 law, which limits state and…

We have to stay focused on bipartisanship and progress

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Having served in Washington for almost a half-year now, I’ve learned that it’s good practice to tune out the noise and the nay-sayers, and stay focused on the job I was elected to do. For months, dark money political groups and far-left activists have been stoking irrational fears about a default that never happened, and threatening that cuts to everything from veterans services to…

Setting the Record Straight About Support for Our Veterans

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In-DC Honor Flight

With Memorial Day just having passed, I wanted to take a moment and set the record straight on a critical aspect of our federal government’s work - funding and providing services for our veterans. For weeks, Democratic dark-money groups and far-left activists have been lying about the Limit, Save, Grow Act and its impact on funding for our veterans here in the 17th Congressional…

My plea to President Biden on migrants and debt

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Rep. Mike Lawler (R-17th District) met with President Biden on Wednesday. He writes this open letter: Dear Mr. President, First, let me again say thank you for inviting me today and taking the time to speak with me privately prior to your speech. As we discussed then, I encourage you to move past the divisive rhetoric around the debt ceiling debate and instead seek common ground with…

This is why we can't let Taiwan become the next Ukraine

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In combating communism and promoting democracy, Ronald Reagan employed the doctrine of “peace through strength” — a policy that helped end the Cold War, bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, and put America on the path to global superiority. Today, with military and economic threats emanating from the unholy alliance of Russia, China, North Korea and…

False attacks on Social Security and Medicare create problems in our politics

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Let me be unequivocally clear — I do not support cuts or negative changes to Social Security or Medicare. The U.S. government made a promise to Americans and we must keep it. I saw first hand, after contributing the maximum to social security for years, how my father benefited from Social Security Disability while he battled Multiple Sclerosis and Melanoma, before ultimately…