Antonio Delgado came into his first term in Congress flipping his district from red to blue. Since then, he has developed a reputation on Capitol Hill for being a moderate Democrat who will work with colleagues across the aisle. He’s been a vocal advocate for agriculture and investments in infrastructure. Delgado had three pieces of legislation passed out of the House and successfully shepherded two bills into law: a non-controversial post office renaming, and the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, a law designed to help financially-distressed farmers become eligible for debt relief and other resources under Chapter 12 bankruptcy.
Rep. Delgado’s measures signed into law:
H.R. 2336: Family Farmer Relief Act
In August 2019, the President signed Rep. Delgado’s bipartisan Family Farmer Relief Act, which eases the process of reorganizing debt through Chapter 12 bankruptcy and increases the eligibility threshold to more accurately reflect the cost of doing business for family farmers today. Chapter 12 is a tool created specifically to help family farmers during tough economic times.
H.R.2151: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7722 South Main Street in Pine Plains, New York, as the "Senior Chief Petty Officer Shannon M. Kent Post Office".
Rep. Delgado’s legislation to rename the Pine Plains Post Office after fallen soldier Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO) Shannon M. Kent was signed into law in December of 2019. SCPO Kent, a Pine Plains native, was killed in Syria by a suicide bombing during her fifth combat tour in the Middle East in January 2019.
H.R.6304: Small Business Repayment Relief Act
Signed into law as part of the bipartisan CARES Act (page 29, Section 1112)
During CARES Act negotiations, Rep. Delgado introduced and worked to include his bill, The Small Business Repayment Relief Act, which provides $17 billion in automatic, direct loan payments for new and existing small business loans during COVID-19. This bill became law in March of 2020.
Rep. Delgado also secured additional funding for Lyme disease during last year’s appropriations process.
In FY19, the Labor HHS appropriations included $12 million for Lyme Disease. (Pg. 524) During the FY2020 appropriations process, Rep. Delgado offered an amendment to increase these funds which was passed out of the House on 6/13/19. This amendment was included in the FY20 Labor HHS Conference Report, which now provides $14M for Lyme Disease. (Pg. 102)
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Number of bills sponsored:
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Number of bills passed out of one chamber:
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Number of bills signed into law:
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Percentage a member votes with his or her party:
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Lugar Center Bipartisan Index Score:
The Bipartisan Index is a joint project of The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Scores above 1.0 are outstanding. Scores above .5 are very good. Scores below -.5 are poor. Scores below -1.0 are very poor.