Congressman John Katko was sworn-in to office for the fourth time on Sunday. He will be part of the 117th Congress.
“It’s going to be a very big force. There’s going to be a small majority of Democrats in the House and there’s going to be 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans from last term plus many others joining us this term,” he told WSYR-TV. “We’re going to be a very potent force, and as a voting block, we can make a difference in an awful lot of votes.”
He’s hopeful that this Congress can do more work than past renditions have. “The sooner we can get them vaccinated, the better. That’s why this last relief package we just passed is so important. It provides billions of dollars in funding to get those vaccinations to the frontlines as quickly as possible and that’s really important,” Katko added.
He said compromise will be crucial looking at the long-term health of policy in Congress.
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