Feb. 8, 2021, by Staff

Stefanik supports mental health legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) recently co-signed a letter to House leadership requesting they immediately bring 13 bills focused on addressing mental health that passed the 116th Congress to the floor.

They include two bills Stefanik previously co-sponsored, the HERO (Helping Emergency Responders Overcome) Act and the Family Support and Services Act. Other bills in the package seek to address suicide prevention and opioid use.

“Many concerning studies show that America is sadly facing a mental health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Stefanik said in a statement. “The American people are suffering and as their representatives, we must provide them with resources and support.

“I am proud to have co-sponsored and helped pass a few of these important bills addressing mental health last congress, and I join my colleagues in calling on leadership to bring them to the floor once again.”

Stefanikappointed subcommittee ranker

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) announced this week that she was appointed to two new subcommittees on the House Armed Services Committee.

Stefanik will serve as the ranking Republican on the newly-createdCyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems Subcommittee, and will sit on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.

In a statement, the congresswoman explained that the former has jurisdiction over the policies and capabilities related to cyber, artificial intelligence, spectrum information technology, defense-wide research and more.

“These issues will be at the forefront of our national defense strategy and policy in the 21st century. Through legislation introduced in this subcommittee, the United States will challenge China’s technological rise and improve our economic competitiveness, as history has shown that technological capabilities developed at the Department of Defense — such as the internet and GPS — have a game-changing effect on our economy and everyday life.”

She said the Strategic Forces Subcommittee assignment will allow her to better advocate for future missile defense at Fort Drum.

“Through this work, I will continue to ensure that the North Country has a seat at the table at the highest levels, and I will continue my role as the chief advocate in Congress for the Fort Drum community.”

Stefanik supports cancer patients’ access to vaccine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania) sent a letter to President Joe Biden’s administration asking the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to immediately update their guidance to ensure cancer patients have priority access to the COVID-19 vaccination.

“I was deeply disheartened to learn that some of my constituents in the North Country, who are cancer patients or have a history of cancer, were left out of the initial distribution tiers for the COVID-19 vaccine,” Stefanik said in a statement.

“Doctors, scientists and patient advocates have stated that individuals with an increased risk for severe COVID-19 associated illness, like cancer, must receive priority access.

“I am calling on the Biden Administration to immediately update the guidance surrounding high-risk populations, so the most vulnerable among us can undoubtedly receive the vaccine as soon as possible.”

Stefanik announces $4 million HHS grant

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationis awarding a $4million grant to support mental health and substance use disorder programs in New York’s 21st Congressional District.

The grant is going to Citizen Advocates Inc. in Malone for the expansion of a certified community behavioral health clinic in Massena.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has sadly perpetuated the mental health crisis in our country, and it’s more important than ever that our local mental health, substance abuse, rehabilitation centers and programs have the funds and resources they need to keep our community members healthy and safe,” Stefanik said in a statement.

“I am so proud to announce this substantial grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, and will continue finding ways to deliver solutions for those suffering mentally and emotionally during this difficult time.”

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