Full Statement from NY-27 Congressman Chris Jacobs:
It has been a busy few weeks here on Capitol Hill, so I wanted to provide an update on my work in Washington, DC to move Western New York forward, support small businesses and farmers, and stand up to China.
Infrastructure Expansion Act
Recently, I introduced legislation to combat the burdensome regulation known as the Scaffold Law in New York State, which imposes an absolute liability standard on all gravity-related injuries on construction sites.
We are the only state in the union with this type of regulation, which forces construction companies to buy incredibly expensive insurance policies for both public and private construction projects. This mandate wastes your tax dollars, places onerous burdens on small businesses, repels major investments in our state, and smothers our economy.
My legislation would require projects that use federal money to use a comparative liability standard, greatly reducing these projects’ costs to taxpayers. To learn more, you can read my press release here, or listen to a recent interview here.
Supporting American Small Businesses and Farmers
Right now, there is $138 billion in unspent funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). However, by law PPP closed on August 8, 2020. To put this money to work, I cosponsored H.R. 8265, which would reopen PPP, make improvements to the program, and allow businesses to apply for a second round of this leftover money.
I recently spoke on the floor about the need for this money and signed a petition to force a vote on this critical legislation. To view my speech, click here.
Similarly, I fought alongside my colleagues to ensure critical funding for the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) was included in the recent spending bill. CCC is used by the USDA to fund relief programs for farmers and has been replenished without question for decades because of the critical relief it provides. We stood united in our effort to include CCC money in the bill after it was originally excluded – and I am proud to say that we were successful in that effort. For more information, click here.
Holding China Accountable
Recently, I took to the House floor to condemn of the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of the Uyghur people. China has a long record of human rights abuses and persecution of religious minorities. We must condemn these actions and hold China accountable. I was proud to stand up for the Uyghur people. You can watch my remarks here.
Veterans and Service Academy Update
Recently, I was pleased to announce three pieces of legislation to expand mental resources for veterans and provide support to homeless veterans. For more information about these bills, you can visit here.
I am also pleased to announce that I am accepting nominations for my Veteran of the Month program to recognize outstanding veterans in the 27th Congressional District for their selfless service to our country and their communities. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be recognized by my program, please visit my nomination page here.
Finally, my offices are still accepting applications for Service Academy nominations. If you or anyone else in the New York 27th District would like to apply, you can find all relevant information at Jacobs.house.gov/military-academy-nominations. The application deadline for all academy nominations is November 6th, 2020.
Major Water Development Investment
I know the importance of having modern and well-maintained infrastructure in Western New York. That is why I was proud to announce the USDA will be investing over $17 million in our district to update and build new water systems for residents in four different municipalities. This funding will increase storage and pipeline capacity, address contaminated water sources, and create a new water district to serve rural communities. For more information, click here.
As usual, if you need any assistance with a federal agency, please reach out to one of my offices at (716)-634-2324 or (585)-519-4002, and we would be happy to help you. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on what I am doing in Washington and our District.