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Keeping pledge first made in Batavia, Hochul votes to reduce funding to Pakistan

By Howard B. Owens

When Kathy Hochul made a campaign appearance in Batavia at the YWCA, I asked her about Genesee County's deteriorating infrastructure and what could be done about it at a federal level.

Hochul started by expressing concern about a problem that she sees across Western New York, with pot-holed roads and rusting bridges. As she spoke, it was almost as if the thought occurred to her on the fly -- why are we spending billions building roads in Pakistan when we have so needs here at home.

She picked up the theme in subsequent debates and appearances.

Today, Hochul's congressional office announced that she's kept her campaign promise, voting to reduce aid to Pakistan.

Press release:

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Kathy Hochul voted in favor of Republican Congressman Ted Poe’s (TX-2) amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which would cut funding to Pakistan by $1 billion. 

“Today’s votes were about priorities,” said Congresswoman Hochul.  “Would we rather spend a billion dollars in Pakistan or spend that money right here at home? I know the people of the 26th District would much rather have that money invested in infrastructure, education, and job creation right here in the United States, rather than in the country that hid Osama bin Laden.”

Since being sworn in last month, one of Congresswoman Hochul’s top priorities has been cutting spending and reducing our deficit. In addition to cutting funding to Pakistan, Congresswoman Hochul today voted to cut $675 million from infrastructure in Afghanistan, citing the need to improve infrastructure in our own communities.

Chris Charvella

I'm very proud of my Congresswoman. She told us more than a few times that the only thing she'd consider when it came time to vote on a bill was whether or not it was a good thing for the people she represented. This is a promise well kept.

Jul 8, 2011, 10:48am Permalink
Bea McManis

Congresswoman Hochul is the real deal. We knew it from the very beginning of this campaign. She is sticking to her word, and that bodes well for our district.

Jul 8, 2011, 11:03am Permalink
Daniel Jones

I'm so proud that Kathy Hochul is my Congresswoman. A job well done and a promise kept. Let's hope we don't lose her in redistricting.

Jul 8, 2011, 12:20pm Permalink

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