With the House of Representatives coming under Republican control in the new Congress, many Americans are wondering how the new leadership will behave. A number of major Republicans have come out against any sort of compromise with Democrats in Congress, like Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, who has vowed to block middle class tax cuts if the tax cuts for the richest Americans aren’t extended as well.
GOP Rep.-elect Richard Hanna (NY) separated himself from hardliners in his party like Camp yesterday during an interview with a State of Politics reporter. The interviewer asked Hanna, “There’s a lot of people in your party that are already talking about taking a hard line and not compromising with the president. What do you think?” Hanna responded by saying that he doesn’t “feel that way. And I think that ultimately if the Republican Party takes that kind of posture, then they will be punished in two years, becaues people are sick of partisanship”:
INTERVIEWER: There’s a lot of people in your party that are already talking about taking a hard line and not compromising with the president. What do you think? Is it too early, are you going to get your feet wet and then decide, or are you going to take a hard line, are there certain things you won’t compromise on?
HANNA: I’m sure there are, but I’m sure there’s many things I’m sure we’ll be able to work together with. I don’t feel that way. And I think that ultimately if the Republican Party takes that kind of posture, then they will be punished in two years, because people are sick of partisanship. And I think if you live in New York you have a particularly good view of the product it makes over time. That’s not my goal, my goal is to find solutions and work for them.
While Hanna also came out against further continuing unemployment benefits that are set to expire at the end of this month, he came out against a full repeal of the recently passed health care law. He said that what the country wants is a “good progressive health care reform bill that does what we ultimately wanted it do, which is provide health care to people at a reasonable cost,” and that there are aspects of the law that he likes. He said that the law may be repealed but that it’s “ultimately up to both parties to come up with something that the public finds affordable and palatable in a lot more ways.”