Tenney talks about her first three months back in Congress
Utica, N.Y. - It's now been three months since a winner was declared in the race for the 22nd Congressional District.
Claudia Tenney was declared the winner over incumbent Anthony Brindisi in early February the closest race in the country.
It took three months of legal challenges to ballots to determine a winner, and on Friday Tenney sat down with News Channel 2 to talk about her first three months back in office, "It’s been quite an exciting few months, obviously getting sworn in late was a challenge."
Tenney says the biggest piece of legislation she has help get passed so far was extending the PPP deadline, "The Paycheck Protection Act was very important to a lot of people in our community who were forced to shut down, and so we got an extension for the small business community because many of them didn’t get their applications in on time."
Tenney says other legislation she is now working on getting passed includes the Agricultural Intelligence Measures Act, or AIM Act, "I sponsored the AIM Act which is to bring jobs back, bring the Made in America initiatives, continue to work with those."
Tenney says she has also written the Essential Caregivers Act, "Signature legislation that we’re finally getting off the ground to give some justice to so many people who were denied access to their family members or keep people in their lives because of the lockdowns and the pandemic. So we're going to be bringing that to the floor, hoping to get bipartisan support and we get it passed. It’s just going to be guidelines and lay out a federal structure so that people who have cared for their family member can continue to care for them during a pandemic and it’s got very strict rules in place to make sure that it can happen."
Tenney also says so far, it doesn't appear that President Biden's promise to unify the country is working, especially in Congress, "I know President Biden came in promising unity and bipartisanship and on the real big issues for that matter, there has been no unity and no bipartisanship, just about every measure has been passed the House with virtually no support, actually no support from the Republican side and no input. I’m hoping that President Biden will recognize that as things move on here, that we just can’t continue on in this particular way."
Finally, because of the issues with the 2020 22nd Congressional District election, another big topic for Claudia Tenney is voters rights and election law.
Tenney has created and is co-chairing the new Election Integrity Caucus in Congress.
She says former President Trump is a big supporter of this caucus and says she met with him earlier this week at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, "I had an opportunity to meet with President Trump in Mar-a-Lago to talk about my Election Integrity Caucus. He was very interested and he's kind of honorary, he's endorsed our Election Integrity Caucus, I'm so excited about having him there. I wanted to point out what our election was about, the differences between our election and what was in the presidential election, what we can do to fix it, and he was very supportive. He's very interested in what's going on, my race, he was very positive and really wants to be a game changer continuing to help our country."
When asked if she knows if the former president will run again, Tenney said, "I don't know if he is running. He hasn't really said that, he said he was going to announce after the 2022 election so I think he's got some time to think it through before he makes a decision like that."