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Extended interview: CNY Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle

Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle
Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle

2011 has not been a good year for Congress. Just last week, the House narrowly passed an extension on a payroll tax cut. Earlier this year, a government shutdown was avoided after a battle over the debt ceiling. 

Most people do not have a positive view of Congress. A recent Gallup Poll shows Congress with just an 11% approval rating.

As 2011 comes to a close, WRVO spoke with central and northern New York's Congressional representatives. 

In this extended interview, 25th District Republican Ann Marie Buerkle looks back at her first year in office and also looks ahead to 2012. She gives her opinions on the recession and the current House leadership and gives her thoughts on redistricting.


Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.