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U.S. Rep. John Katko received more accolades Thursday for his work in Congress. 

The Bipartisan Policy Center presented Katko, R-Camillus, with its 2019 Legislative Action Award. The award is presented annually to six members of Congress who have served for no more than six years and "demonstrated skill and courage in the face of political challenges to confront a political problem, provided a positive tenor to the legislative process, and improved the functioning of Congress through their example," according to the center. 

Katko was recognized along with U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, and U.S. Reps. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, Hakeem Jeffries, D-New York, and Derek Kilmer, a Washington Democrat. 

Jason Grument, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, lauded Katko for his focus on infrastructure, combating human trafficking, addressing the opioid crisis and updating the Brownfields program. 

"We are impressed by Representative Katko's independence and effectiveness serving the residents of central New York," Grument said. 

The award is the second honor Katko has received for his legislative work.

Earlier this month, the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a project spearheaded by the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University, rated the central New York congressman as the fourth-most effective member of the House Republican caucus. His score was also fourth-best among all members of Congress. 

Katko's score was based on several factors, including the number of bills he introduced, the number of bills that passed out of committee and whether the measures were signed by the president. 

During the 115th Congress, Katko introduced 29 bills. The House passed 14 of the bills over a two-year period. President Donald Trump signed three Katko-sponsored measures. 

After being awarded the Bipartisan Policy Center's annual honor, Katko said he's "humbled to be recognized for my commitment to bipartisanship."

"During a time of hyper-partisanship and gridlock in Washington, I've looked for opportunities to work across the aisle and bring together Democrats and Republicans to get things done for the good of central New York and the country," he said. 

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