Hanna's Goals

By Matt Porter

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 8:27 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Republican Congressman Richard Hanna prides himself on being an independent voice for the newly created 22nd District.

"I have one of the most non partisan records in Washington, I've signed more bills with the Democratic Party than my colleagues down there," said Hanna at a kick off rally in Binghamton.

He's disagreed with his party on a number of issues including women's reproductive rights.

"You think it's easy to go to Washington and vote against everybody in your party against women's healthcare," Hanna told his opponent Democrat Dan Lamb in a Cortland debate.

Out of the 241 House Republicans, Hanna is only one of six Republicans not to sign the "no-tax" pledge instituted by Grover Norquist and his lobbying group, Americans for Tax Reform.

"The Republican Party wants no new taxes, the Democratic Party wants no changes to entitlements," said Hanna, "And frankly, in my opinion, both of those positions are unsustainable."

Hanna said tax increases on the highest incomes will be likely, but the government needs to create more taxpayers by shoring up the middle class.

"The reason many people aren't paying is they're just not making any money," said Hanna.

On the issue of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas drilling in New York, Hanna said it should be a state decision.

"We need a national energy policy, we don't have one. And natural gas, I hope that's a part of it," Hanna said, "But, I have said consistently, the science should decide."

And on the issue of health care reform, Hanna did not go so far as to say he'd support another repeal effort by the Republicans.

"There's a lot wrong with it, I don't argue the premise that we need to cover more people," said he said, "But we need to do it in a way that doesn't bankrupt us."

Ultimately, Hanna said he wants to go back to Washington, D.C. to keep answering the more than 90,000 letters he's already received from constituents.

"If we win this campaign," Hanna told supporters, "We will open a full time, fully staffed office in Binghamton, I promise you that."