Congresswoman Nan Hayworth may be approaching the end of her term, but that hasn't changed her daily routine or her concern for her constituents. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.
Love her or hate her, Nan Hayworth has made her mark on Washington. The outgoing GOP representative from New York’s 19th Congressional District, rode in on the Tea Party wave two years ago. She was targeted this week by activists as part of a national day of action demanding that Congress avoid the fiscal cliff, extend middle class tax cuts and end them for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.
The constituents stopped by Hayworth's Fishkill office: they appealed to her in video messages demanding she extend middle class tax cuts, make the richest 2% pay their fair share, and protect hospital and nursing home care, education and other vital services from cuts.
The group delivered fiscal cliff-themed holiday cards, and demanded Hayworth not be a grinch. Hayworth, who lost reelection in the redrawn 18th District to Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, says she's glad the group made their voices heard, and she got the message.
Hayworth says in her remaining time in office she hopes to see this "fiscal cliff" issue addressed as soon as possible - she stressed her position that small businesses should get tax relief - not tax increases. Hayworth says we haven't seen the last of her.
Hudson Valley residents have been pushing Hayworth to be accountable to her constituents in her final weeks in Congress following her loss to Sean Patrick Maloney on November 6. Maloney says he's ready to tackle the "fiscal Cliff" if it isn't resolved by the time he gets to Washington. He believes that Americans will persevere, but it will take a "shared sacrifice".
The One Hundred Thirteenth United States Congress is scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2013 to January 3, 2015.