Year in Review 2011 from Congresswoman Hayworth

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Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-Mount Kisco, sent out the following:

Congresswoman Hayworth Op-Ed: Serving our friends and neighbors across the Hudson Valley

A year in review from U.S. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, M.D. (NY-19)

January 4, 2012

“Focus on jobs.” “Make the federal government work better for us.” “Help break the partisan gridlock in Washington.” These are some of the messages I’ve been getting from people all across the Hudson Valley in our 19th Congressional District. When Congress is not in session in Washington I spend my time here, visiting our towns and villages, small businesses and larger manufacturers, senior centers and schools. We’ve held a jobs fair to bring job seekers together with potential employers; I’ve toured local nonprofits caring for our neediest citizens; and I’ve brought together key state and federal agencies to expedite recovery after Hurricane Irene.

Strengthening our economy and growing jobs is the most pressing issue facing our region and our nation. This year we’ve passed 28 bills in the House of Representatives–with votes from both Republicans and Democrats–aimed at reducing burdens on our businesses, especially small ones, and providing certainty to investors who would like to start new businesses or make existing ones bigger and better.  In June I introduced another bill that can make a difference right here in the Hudson Valley, the PACE Protection Act of 2011. It would allow people who own homes or other properties to make energy-saving retrofits affordably, through a special property tax assessment that is paid over time. It would not add costs for local taxpayers, and it would immediately create jobs in our communities. The PACE Protection Act is gaining support on both sides of the aisle.

I’ve also joined my colleagues in the House to work together with the Senate and the President wherever we can find consensus. For example, President Obama has called for making it easier for businesses to raise capital for expansion, and for reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, I’ve supported the introduction and passage of legislation to do these helpful things. To help overcome the partisan divide in the House, I’m a cofounder of the Common Ground Caucus, which brings Republican and Democratic Members together to get to know each other outside of our legislative work. I’m also working with Congressman Peter Welch, a Democrat from Vermont, as a co-chair of the Hurricane Irene Coalition, which crosses the aisle to ensure that our counties, and the entire Northeast, receive all of the federal assistance to which they are entitled to recover from last year’s devastating storms. I’m proud to have been the first member of our New York congressional delegation to have asked President Obama—successfully—for full disaster-relief designation for all of our counties in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

In the face of challenges like natural disasters and man-made pollution, I’ve worked to protect the beauty of our Hudson Valley and to keep our air and water clean in common-sense ways. Last year I received the highest score among our Republican Members of Congress from New York from the League of Conservation Voters. I was also recently recognized by the Sierra Club for my strong voting record in support of clean water. My record on the environment has led observers to recognize me as one of several federal legislators willing to “take the pro-green position during floor and committee votes spanning more than 100 bills and amendments.”

It’s a great privilege to serve our friends and neighbors across the Hudson Valley. I’d appreciate your helping me and our team by letting us know how we can help you or your community. You can contact us, as well as learn more about the issues I’m working on, at http://hayworth.house.gov.  Thanks for joining us to make our Hudson Valley an ever better place to live and work.

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  1. just the facts on

    “help break the partisan gridlock”? that is exactly what nan hayworth did not do in
    the payroll tax extension debate in which she was out front with the speaker and
    eric cantor attempting to justify why the would not sign the 2 month extension when
    they knew there was no other alternative…they ended up collapsing like a cheap set
    of luggage because they operated under the premise that gridlock was the best way
    to remove obama from the white house instead of under the premise of doing the
    right thing for the american people….now she is attempting to claim the mantle of
    “compromise” when that ship has already sailed in her case

  2. The Country’s broke – The State’s broke. Social security’s broke. Medicaid is out of control and further breaking the bank. And the leftists’ answer is to lower the payroll tax and to keep it there in order to pacify an disinterested, ignorant public with bread and circuses.

  3. just the facts on

    failing to extend the payroll tax where it was would have constituted a “tax increase”
    so this has nothing to do with left or right..it has everything to do with the republicans
    in the congress or at least some of them being obstructionists…and everyone knows it
    it is the major reason why the “tea party” is now out of favor in national polls..a direct
    opposite of the situation going into the 2010 midterm elections..but there is a larger
    point..nan hayworth was out front on not extending the payroll tax…which the
    republicans eventually realized was a losing position since they were really advocating
    a “tax increase” by doing so…had they simply gone along with the original proposal
    they would have been working in a bipartisan fashion rather than engaging in gridlock
    so for hayworth to claim she is working to break the gridlock she led is disingenuous
    at best…she will not be re elected

  4. But, presumably, if she hires “The Consultant,” her odds improve dramatically and she’s got a shot.

  5. the consultant on

    thanks for the plug but I am no longer in the business of political consulting in
    westchester and the surrounding environs…

  6. the consultant on

    but even if I was I would not accept her as a client based on her conduct in the house
    its simply unacceptable

  7. Social Security, we have been repeatedly told, is going bankrupt. One answer is certainly not to lower and keep lowered the original payroll tax. This is just irresponsible political pandering. I respect her courage, a courage rarely seen elsewhere in her deliberative body. Since the government can just print funny money, an ignorant public will cheer while it unknowingly tumbles further into the deep, dark cave of fiscal abyss. Inevitable inflation will eventually take care of everything (for this administration,) until the day comes when the public wakes up and realizes what has happened to them. Daddy, who can’t pay the mortgage, has just charged more Christmas presents. The kids think it’s fine. They’ll eventually grow up and realize what has happened.

  8. just the facts on

    let me frame the issue for you..since you don’t really seem to get it…social security is in
    fact going broke but not until 2040..the way to solve the situation is to 1. raise the retirement age slowly until it gets to 66 from 62 2. means test social security so that those
    who get income exceeding 200,000 a year from their investments lose a portion of it
    as their income increases 3. the payroll tax should apply to those earning more than
    90,000 a year..the bush tax cuts should not be re instated..if you do that which is
    incremental and over time social security will be fine…you don’t get the math ..too bad

  9. Don’t be bitter. Reconsider. You simply have a facile, slippery grip on fiscal realities and the theory of capitalism. That doesn’t necessarily make you a bad person. It makes you a sad, grasping mini socialist, but not necessarily a bad person. Your advice is to spend and spend way beyond your means, and when everything finally and inevitably swirls down the toilet, you ask your government, your relatives and/or your children for money. Then you start all over again until there is no money available, or the wheelbarrows of strange money that is available, is inflationarily worthless.

  10. just the facts on

    if you think that anyone is going to change the basic social contract between the government
    and its citizens you are certainly tilting at windmills…social security has to be fixed it is not
    in trouble yet..medicare is another story completely where sky rocketing costs are quickly
    making it insolvent..but if both are means tested and and tweaked they will be fine for
    75 years or so…you make it seem like those who want to fix the system are “less american”
    than those who want to abolish or privitize the system..that is unfair to those of us who
    get the math…and who supported barry goldwater..and who are or were republicans
    I can assure you that I am fully aware of the theories of capitalism having a degree
    in economics but I digress..however capitalism unchecked is unhealthy for everyone…

  11. Agreed. I think we are in agreement, but we argue nuance. However, Sociology and Political “Science” are not the same as Economics except that all three are really Arts, not Science.. And this has nothing to do with “more American, or less American.” This is a global problem. There is, and always will be, a need for the cop on the corner and there is a correlative need to police capitalism. That the government has failed at the latter is government’s failure, not capitalism’s per se.

  12. just the facts on

    you are correct….capitalism is the only system that can,in the long run, guarantee
    opportunity with minimal governmental intrusion in our lives….however adam smith
    was only partially correct when he spoke about the invisible hand…that hand will
    take all it can unless there is some government regulation that levels the playing
    field….(see Lehman brothers and read “the big short”)…so the problem before us now
    is how to insure that going forward the american dream of getting a job and moving up
    the ladder is preserved for everyone who is equipped to do so…and that of course was
    the big mistake made in the mortgage crisis..everyone is not equiped to own a home
    and pay a mortgage..but in that bubble it was not only those who bought more than
    they could afford…and those who believed that the value of their homes would continue
    to rise so they “cashed out” with bigger mortgages based on illusory value..it was also
    with the lenders, the banks and the investment guru’s who created collateral instruments
    out of what they had to know were subprime and toxic mortgages and who bet against
    the entire housing industry with synthetic investment vehicles (see goldman sachs and
    country wide realty)….so the latter category must never be able to take advantage of
    that scenario again….whether in housing, gold, or anything else…because even adam
    smith would have to admit..that unbridled capitalism of that sort undermines the
    essence of the capitalist system in that it sows discontent and suspicion among those
    who we depend upon to keep the system strong..(see the great inequality stories)
    and that would be the formerly solid middle class…