On Monday, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, tweeted out her views about President Donald Trump's weekend tweets.
Trump tweeted Sunday that four Democratic congresswomen of color should "go back" to the countries they came from. All of the women are American citizens and three were born in the United States.
Stefanik, on Monday morning, wrote: "While I strongly disagree with the tactics, policies, and rhetoric of the far-left socialist 'Squad,' the President’s tweets were inappropriate, denigrating, and wrong. It is unacceptable to to tell legal U.S. citizens to go back to their home country."
Stefanik has joined the newly formed Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, which is a group of Senate and House Republicans that are working to address environmental problems.
The group’s formation was announced last week and it will “embrace and promote constructive efforts to address environmental problems, responsibly plan for all market factors, and base policy decisions on science and quantifiable facts,” according to a news release.
“The American spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation has powered our nation’s economic development, while advancing our capabilities to ensure wise stewardship of our natural resources,” Stefanik said in a news release. “As new challenges emerge, it is incumbent on our generation to think boldly and foster the next wave of solutions to protect and improve our environment. I’m looking forward to doing this important work with my colleagues to address environmental issues through market-oriented solutions.”
HEALTH CARE LAWSUIT
Oral arguments were heard Tuesday in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the case aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act.
The lawsuit was filed by the attorneys general in 18 red states. The plaintiffs argue that after the Trump administration succeeded in zeroing out the tax penalty incurred by someone who does not purchase health insurance, the law was rendered unconstitutional. In a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court case, Chief Justice John Roberts said the ACA, also known as Obamacare, was constitutional because Congress has the power to levy a tax.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a release criticizing Republicans who have supported this lawsuit.
In June, Stefanik voted against an amendment that would have prohibited the federal government from using any funds to fight this lawsuit.
“Congresswoman Stefanik voted for a lawsuit that could explode health care costs, jack up the cost of prescription drugs and let insurance companies charge people with pre-existing conditions unlimited amounts for basic care,” said DCCC spokeswoman Christine Bennett in a news release.
Stefanik’s spokesman, Lenny Alcivar, said previously that Stefanik voted against that amendment because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was bringing partisan bills that would not pass Congress and are not based on good governance.