Rep. Richard Hanna – NY 24th Congressional District

Like our review of the votes of Rep. Maurice Hinchey (NY 22nd Congressional District), we are going to take a look at the voting record of Rep. Richard Hanna. Voted in on a wave of resistance to the “Change” of the Obama Administration, the spending spree of the Democrat-led Congress, and the influence of the Tea Party, Rep. Hanna has many expectations before him. Has his voting record lived up to his campaign promises?

We count at least 28 key votes by Rep. Hanna since he began his first term in Congress his year. Of those votes he made 3 non-votes (Not voting either way):

2/8/11 – HR 514 – Extension of Various Patriot Act Provisions – Vote to pass a bill that extends various expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

3/1/11 – HJ Resolution 44 – Continuing Appropriations Amendments – Vote to pass a resolution that extends the Continuing Appropriations Act until March 18, 2011, eliminates funding for earmarks, and reduces appropriations by approximately $4 billion.

3/3/11 – HR 4 – Repealing the Form 1099 Provision in the Health Care Law – Vote to pass a bill that repeals certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that pertain to reporting requirements for payments from corporations.

He also voted NO on 8 items in Congress:

2/14/11 – HR 514 – Extension of Various Patriot Act Provisions – Vote to pass a bill that extends various expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

2/15/11 – H Amendment 13 – Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement – Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 1 that reduces appropriations for Navy aircraft procurement by $21.99 million and for Air Force aircraft procurement by $393.1 million.

2/16/11 – H Amendment 16 – Reducing Navy and Air Force Appropriations – Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 1 that reduces appropriations for research and development for both the Navy and the Air Force by $225 million each, and increases Defense appropriations by $450 million.

2/17/11 – HR 514 – Extension of Various Patriot Act Provisions – Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that extends various expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

2/18/11 – H Amendment 92 – Prohibiting the Use of Federal Funds for NASCAR Sponsorships – Vote to pass an amendment to HR 1 that prohibits the use of public funds for Department of Defense sponsorship of NASCAR race cars.

2/18/11 – H Amendment 95 – Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood – Vote to adopt an amendment to HR 1 that prohibits federal funds from being made available to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, or to any of its state or local affiliates, for any purpose.

3/17/11 – H Continuing Resolution 28 – Removing Troops from Afghanistan – Vote to pass a concurrent resolution that requires the President to remove the United States Armed Forces from Afghanistan within 30 days of the adoption of the resolution or, if the President determines that it is unsafe to remove forces by that deadline, by December 31, 2011.

3/17/11 – HR 1076 – Prohibiting Federal Funding of National Public Radio – Vote to pass a bill that prohibits federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of federal funds to acquire radio content.

Of the remaining 17 YES votes, some of the critical votes include:

3/11/11 – HR 836 – Terminating the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program – Vote to pass a bill that terminates the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program, and redirects all unspent funds previously appropriated to the program to be used instead for reducing the federal debt.

3/29/11 – HR 839 – Terminating the Home Affordable Modification Program – To amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to terminate the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to provide new assistance under the Home Affordable Modification Program, while preserving assistance to homeowners who were already extended an offer to participate in the Program, either on a trial or permanent basis.

3/30/11 – HR 471 – Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act – The purpose of this Act is to provide low-income parents residing in the District of Columbia, particularly parents of students who attend elementary schools or secondary schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under section 1116 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6316), with expanded opportunities for enrolling their children in other schools in the District of Columbia, at least until the public schools in the District of Columbia have adequately addressed shortfalls in health, safety, and security, and the students in the District of Columbia public schools are testing in mathematics and reading at or above the national average.

4/7/11 – HR 910 – Energy Tax Prevention Act – To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.

4/13/11 – HR 1217 – Repealing the Prevention and Public Health Fund – To repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

4/14/11 – HR 1473 – Full-Year Continuing Appropriations – Sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, for military functions administered by the Department of Defense and for other purposes.

4/15/11 – H Con Res 34 – 2012 Budget – Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021.

The above are just a small cross section of the votes made by Representative Richard Hanna since the start of his first term in Congress.

What we see in the abovementioned votes, and others that have been made, is that Rep. Hanna has largely followed a path of reduced Government spending. That is in-line with his speeches on the campaign trail and the general tone of the GOP and Tea Party during the 2010 mid-term elections and since.

In addition, Rep. Hanna has voted against the Health Care Reform, as well as several other Obama Administration programs that have been proven to be flawed, wasteful, and/or ineffective (as multiple analysts and news organizations have stated). Again this is in-line with his campaign platform.

Perhaps what may draw the most interest among voters in the New York 24th Congressional District are the non-votes, particularly on the repeal of the 1099 requirements of the Health Care Reform, that was near-univerasally accepted as severely burdensome on small business and problematic.

Some may also seek futher clarification on the NO votes on Planned Parenthood, NPR, and the Patriot Act.

No matter how you may have voted in the 2010 mid-term election, if you are represented by Rep. Hanna, you should be aware of how he is voting in Congress. Is he voting as you expected? Is this consistent with the voters in the District? Do you want him to do something different? Do you want clarification on the votes he has made?

Be involved in how you are represented in Congress. Contact Rep. Hanna if you have questions or comments. Post your thoughts here. Speak out. Most importantly, follow what is happening and vote.

We will continue our review of politicians in the Central New York/Southern Tier shortly.

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