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Extended interview: CNY Congressman Richard Hanna

Congressman Richard Hanna
Congressman Richard Hanna

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, 24th District Republican Richard Hanna looks back at his first year in office and also looks ahead to 2012. He gives his thoughts on the recent vote on extending a payroll tax cut, talks about why he thinks raising taxes may be inevitable, and discusses what he would do to bring jobs back to the region.  


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.