Press Releases

March 14, 2019
Bipartisan Policy Center Honors Katko with 2018 Legislative Action Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) was today awarded the 2018 Legislative Action Award by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).  This award recognizes Rep. Katko’s commitment to working across the aisle to build consensus, elevate the tenor of debate in Washington, practice civility, and advance legislation and pressing issues.

March 12, 2019

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced the details of the 2019 Artistic Discovery Congressional Art Competition. All high school students living in the 24th Congressional District of New York are eligible to submit an entry.

The Congressional Art Competition is an annual event hosted by the House of Representatives. It allows high school students from across the country to showcase their artistic talents, with the winning pieces from each Congressional District displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one full year.

March 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the below statement regarding HR 1:

March 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and U.S. Rep. Bill Keating (MA-9) this week introduced the bipartisan Marriage Access for People with Special Abilities Act, legislation that protects the federal benefits of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) who wish to legally marry. 

March 5, 2019
With Water Levels Above Average, Katko, Brindisi Write to IJC Commissioner Asking for Action Plan to Mitigate Flood Damage Along Lake Ontario

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With Lake Ontario water levels already above average, U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY-24) and Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) today sent a bipartisan letter to Lana Pollack, Chair of the U.S. Section, International Joint Commission (IJC), requesting immediate action to mitigate flood risks for coastal communities.

The lawmakers pointed to the record flooding that occurred along shorelines across Lake Ontario in 2017, causing serious damage to local businesses, residences and infrastructure.   

March 4, 2019

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) has been named one of the top ten most effective lawmakers of the 115th House of Representatives by the Center for Effective Lawmaking.  He was named the fourth most effective Republican member for the 115th Congress.

February 15, 2019
Katko, Brindisi Urge Amazon CEO to Keep Plans to Stay in New York, Visit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following news yesterday that Amazon has abandoned its plans to open its HQ2 headquarters in New York City,  U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY-24) and Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) today sent a bipartisan letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging the company to maintain its investment in New York State. 

The letter, which echoes the message sent earlier this week by New York State lawmakers, urges Amazon’s CEO to consider Upstate New York for its HQ2 headquarters.  Katko and Brindisi tout the benefits Upstate New York has to offer to the company – including a dynamic workforce, affordable housing, and an abundance of higher education centers and technical training institutions – and invite Mr. Bezos to visit the reg

February 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) reintroduced the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act, bipartisan legislation that protects the animal victims of fighting rings and transfers the cost of care from taxpayers to those responsible for the animals’ harm.

February 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced two additional town hall meetings for next week in Salina and the City of Syracuse focused on the future of Interstate 81.

“There was a tremendous community turnout in both Auburn and DeWitt for our first two town halls on the future of I-81.  This is an issue that individuals throughout our community feel passionately about, and rightfully so.  As our community moves forward with making this decision, it is critical that we hear the perspective of our entire region.  I’m excited to continue the conversation in Syracuse and Salina next week.”

Details are as follows:

Tuesday, February 19

February 7, 2019

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. John Katko (R, NY-24) and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D, MD-7) today re-introduced The Harriet Tubman Tribute Act, bipartisan legislation that directs the Secretary of the Treasury to place the likeness of Harriet Tubman on $20 Federal Reserve notes printed after December 31, 2020.

Harriet Tubman gained her freedom from slavery in 1849 and became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, which was critical to guiding many escaped slaves to freedom.  She is recognized as a fighter for freedom and equality. She dedicated her life to several noble causes in addition to civil rights, including nursing during the civil war and championing equal rights for women.