Congress tried to help small-business contractors. Here’s why it’s backfiring.

More than a year and a half ago, Congress passed and the president signed legislation intended to help small businesses more easily navigate the federal contracting arena and win more government work.

However, most of the rules have yet to be adopted — and until they are, life for some small contractors has instead become even more complicated.

“It’s unfathomable for me to understand why it’s taking so long when many of these are minor regulatory changes,” Angela Styles, a former White House administrator and now partner at Crowell & Moring in Washington, said this week during a congressional hearing.

Currently in limbo are several rule changes included in the defense budget authorization law signed by President Obama at the very start of 2013. Among them, Styles says that one of the most important was a revision to the rules outlining the share of work a company awarded a government contract reserved for small businesses could turn around and subcontract out to another company.

Click here to read the full story, which features Richard Hanna, in The Washington Post.

Ray Meier Endorses Hanna in the June 24 Primary

UTICA, N.Y. — Former state Senator Raymond A. Meier today endorsed Richard Hanna in the June 24 primary election.

Meier, who served in the state Legislature representing the 47th District which included Oneida County, was the Republican and Conservative candidate for New York’s 24th Congressional District in 2006.

“Hanna has done a good job for us in Washington,” Meier said. “That’s because he has remained focused on his constituents at home. He is a tireless advocate for our region, and he understands that an elected official’s top priority should be to foster an atmosphere that allows private sector job creation to flourish.”

Meier also served as Oneida County Executive from 1991 to 1996 where he proposed six straight balanced budgets. He said Hanna’s experience in the private sector is an asset in Congress.

“Having spent 30 years building and running his own business in upstate New York, Richard brings real world experience many elected officials lack to his work on the House Small Business Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,” Meier said. “I share Richard’s core commitment to fiscal conservatism, small business promotion and honest and open government.”

Meier continued, “I do not always agree with him, but I do know I can always count on his integrity, independent judgment and complete dedication to this community.”

“We need more proven practical leaders and job creators in Washington working to return prosperity and opportunity to the Mohawk Valley,” Meier said. “That’s why I support Richard Hanna as my Congressman. I encourage all Republicans to support Richard Hanna in the primary election on Tuesday, June 24.”

Hanna said it is a privilege to have the support of a dedicated community leader like Meier.

“Ray worked for years as an elected leader to better this community and he continues to do so now in the private sector,” Hanna said. “It is an honor to have earned his support.”

The primary election is Tuesday, June 24 and polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.

Binghamton Fire Fighters Endorse Hanna

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Congressman Richard Hanna picked up the endorsement of the Binghamton Professional Fire Fighters in the June 24 primary election for his continued support of fire service initiatives.

Binghamton’s International Association of Fire Fighters has 120 members. President David J. Holleran said Hanna has been dedicated to keeping fire fighters safe and ensuring they have the resources they need to protect our communities.

BingFire“You have been a support of fire service issues on the national level and it has not gone unnoticed,” Holleran wrote in the endorsement letter. “Below are just some of the specific issues that you have worked and continue working on that has made and will make a difference in allowing fire departments, like the Binghamton Fire Department to provide the services they do safer, for not only the firefighters, but the citizens they serve.”

Among some of the issues President Holleran cited:

Full funding of the FIRE and SAFER grant programs: Hanna supported $340 million for the Assistance to Firefighter Grant (FIRE) and Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER).

FIRE Grant: Since 2001, the FIRE program has delivered more than $6 billion for protective gear, breathing apparatuses, fire engines and advanced training programs.

SAFER Grant: The SAFER program provides funding for both career and volunteer fire departments to hire new firefighters and to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters. Many stations in upstate New York are currently short on staff.

FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Response System: Hanna supported restoring $8 million in funding for the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Response System, which develops search and rescue task forces that specialize in disaster recovery, emergency triage and medicine.

“I am privileged to have the support of our firefighters and first responders,” Hanna said. “Day after day, these men and women protect our communities in the time of emergency. We are grateful for their constant protection, and I am honored to have their support.”

The primary election is Tuesday, June 24.

Rome Lab, Defense Finance employees endorse Hanna in GOP primary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two of the largest employee unions in Oneida County today endorsed U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna in the Republican primary in the 22nd Congressional District.

The Rome Lab and U.S. Defense Finance and Accounting Service employees said Hanna has helped protect their jobs during a time of deep cuts to Defense Department spending.RomeEndorseWeb

Hanna, R-Barneveld, is opposed in the June 24 Republican primary by state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford.

Rome Lab’s Local Union 2612 and DFAS Local Union 201 represent about 750 employees at two sites on the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome.

DFAS Local 201 President Ed Abounader said Hanna received the endorsement because he “stuck up for civilian defense employees in Rome during tough times. We know our congressman is focused on growing the Mohawk Valley economy and truly has our interests at heart.”

Click here to read the full story at Syracuse.com.

National Association of Letter Carriers Endorses Hanna

UTICA, N.Y. — Richard Hanna for Congress has earned the support of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 358 President William B. Cook said they endorse Hanna in the primary election on June 24 for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

“We are currently contacting our members to encourage them to vote for you on Primary Day,” Cook wrote in the endorsement letter.

Hanna owned a business for more than 30 years in upstate New York prior to being elected in November 2010 to the House of Representatives. Hanna had never served in public office before.

“Richard has been a strong supporter of ours and he works hard to maintain reliable, six-day mail delivery throughout upstate New York,” said William Ganey, congressional district liaison for New York-22 and member of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 358. “The residents of this congressional district have an honest and hardworking Congressman in Richard Hanna. We urge all Republicans to vote for him on June 24.”

“It is a privilege to once again have earned the support of the fine men and women who serve our residents as letter carriers,” Hanna said. “I will continue to work to see that we address postal issues at the federal level in a way that ensures our residents will continue to receive regular mail deliveries, which are vital to rural areas like ours.”

About the National Association of Letter Carriers
The National Association of Letter Carriers is the union of city delivery letter carriers working for the United States Postal Service. There are nearly 300,000 members of the NALC, of which about two-thirds are active city delivery letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service.

Approximately 2,500 local branches represent letter carriers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. The NALC is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Union Network International.

Remington Arms’ Mine Workers Union Endorses Hanna for Re-Election

ILION, N.Y. – The employees union at Remington Arms has endorsed Richard Hanna for Congress in the primary election for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

The United Mine Workers Local 717, which represents more than 1,000 Remington employees, made the announcement this afternoon at the Ilion plant. The endorsement follows last week’s announcement that the National Rifle Association is also supporting Hanna’s re-election.

“Richard Hanna has been a tireless advocate for our union and the entire Remington workforce in the Mohawk Valley,” said Fran Madore, president of the United Mine Workers Local 717. “Richard respects labor and he’s a proven leader for us at the federal level. He defends the Second Amendment, opposes the SAFE Act and helps with federal contracts. We know that Richard Hanna has our back and he deserves support on June 24 from everyone who supports keeping Remington strong in Herkimer County.”

Among some of the reasons Hanna earned the endorsement:

Defending the Second Amendment: Hanna has an “A” rating from the NRA, which recognizes of his steadfast support of Upstate sportsmen. Richard has stood up against proposals pushed forward by special interests in Washington and New York that have aimed to take the Constitutional right to bear arms away from responsible gun owners.

Strongly Opposed to the NY SAFE Act: Hanna believes the SAFE Act is a flagrant attack on the rights of law-abiding New Yorkers. He has been and will continue to be committed to supporting statewide efforts that would repeal this deeply flawed law.

Committed to Maintaining Remington’s Upstate Heritage: Hanna is the leading advocate in Congress for Remington Arms and the UMWA Local 717 workforce. More than 500 new jobs have been brought to Remington’s Ilion plant since Richard was elected to Congress, and he has helped to facilitate several large contracts that keep the Ilion manufacturing lines running. Richard will continue to work to ensure that Remington’s proud manufacturing tradition and union jobs continue to be based right here in Herkimer County for generations to come.

Opposed to Microstamping: Hanna is firmly opposed to the unproven and unreliable process known as microstamping. Forcing this punitive practice on New Yorkers would cause increased costs and burdens on manufacturers and consumers and adversely affect lawful gun owners without deterring criminals.

Protecting Healthcare Coverage for Mine Workers: Hanna is a cosponsor of the Coal Healthcare and Pensions Protection Act of 2013, which would ensure that UMWA miners and their dependents would not lose their retiree health care as a result of the Patriot Coal bankruptcy.

Supporting Sportsmen: Hanna was a cosponsor of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2013, which would protect traditional hunting and fishing materials and preserve and promote the ability of responsible sportsmen to hunt, fish and shoot on federal lands. Richard also adopted an amendment to this legislation to highlight how new recreational opportunities created by the bill enhance opportunities for outdoor industries like Remington, create jobs, boost wages and generate revenue.

Ensuring Government Regulations Don’t Stifle Economic Growth: Hanna supported the Energy Consumers Relief Act, which would help protect upstate New Yorkers from new EPA regulations that increase energy prices and make it more difficult to create and sustain jobs. Hanna also supported the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act in order to prevent costly EPA coal ash regulations from driving up consumer energy prices and making domestic infrastructure projects more expensive.

“It is an honor to be supported by the men and women who work at the Arms day in and day out producing the finest American firearms,” Hanna said. “It is a privilege to work on behalf of the Remington community and support them in every way I can. I will always defend the Second Amendment and free enterprise so Remington Arms can thrive in the Valley for generations to come.”

The 22nd Congressional District is comprised of all or part of eight counties in upstate New York. Whole counties include: Chenango, Cortland, Madison and Oneida. Partial counties include: Broome, Herkimer, Oswego and Tioga.

Hanna is a businessman with more than 30 years experience in upstate New York. Prior to being elected to Congress in November 2010, he had never served in public office.

REALTORS® Endorse Hanna for Re-Election

UTICA, N.Y. — The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) today endorsed Richard Hanna in the Republican primary election for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

It is the political arm of the National Association of REALTORS® and New York State Association of REALTORS®. J.P. Endres, president of the New York State Association of REALTORS® cited Congressman Hanna’s hard work on housing issues during his tenure in Congress as the primary reason for their support.

“Congressman Hanna’s actions to bring jobs to the area, his work in Congress help to grow the economy, and his strong character and leadership make him the REALTORS® choice,” President Endres said.

“It is a credit to his leadership that the Central New York housing market has improved,” President Endres added. “In Congress, I have every confidence Representative Hanna will continue to stand up for homeowners and REALTORS® and ensure our voice is heard.”

“I am grateful to have the support of New York REALTORS and the small businesses they support,” Hanna said. “I look forward to continuing to work to not only accelerate our housing market recovery, but also encourage the broader economic growth that stems from a strong housing market.”

The National Association of REALTORS® was founded in 1908 and is America’s largest trade association with approximately 1.1 million members.

The 22nd Congressional District is comprised of all or part of eight counties in upstate New York. Whole counties include: Chenango, Cortland, Madison and Oneida. Partial counties include: Broome, Herkimer, Oswego and Tioga.

Hanna is a businessman with more than 30 years experience in construction in upstate New York. Prior to being elected to Congress in November 2010, he had never served in public office.

Professional politicians hurting our government

By Richard Hanna

Polls show that Americans hold their government in particularly low regard these days.

Upstate New Yorkers – including myself – are fed up with the inability of Albany and Washington to deal with the problems and issues most important to us.

Why aren’t we getting the number and quality of results that we need? The problem is not entirely the expected policy differences that arise between members of different political parties. What I have witnessed first-hand during my short time in Washington, and what I observed of Albany during my decades as a business owner, is that many times the problem is the very people we elect to office and the rules under which they live when they get there.

Consider these numbers about today’s House and Senate members: 211 are lawyers, 262 were previously state politicians and 100 were Congressional staffers. It is clear that we’ve strayed far from the ideal of citizen-legislators envisioned by the framers of our Constitution.

That is why I am supporting several efforts to reverse this trend and return to the idea that representatives should be just that – representative of the people and not a self-serving class of permanent politicians.

Click here to read the entire column at the Oneida Daily Dispatch.

National Rifle Association Endorses Hanna

UTICA, N.Y. — The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) has endorsed Richard Hanna for Congress in the Republican primary election for New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

The NRA said Hanna earned the endorsement based on his “consistent and proven voting record on Second Amendment issues in the the U.S. House of Representatives,” and issued him an “A” rating.

An “A” rating is reserved for “solidly pro-gun legislators who have supported NRA positions on key votes.”

“On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Richard Hanna’s candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives,” said James J. Baker, Director of Federal Affairs for NRA-PVF.

Hanna, who is a gun owner and lifetime member of the NRA, opposes the NY SAFE Act and is the leading advocate in Congress for Remington Arms, based in Ilion, N.Y.

“It is a privilege to once again have earned the support of the NRA,” Hanna said. “Gun ownership is not only a right enshrined in our Constitution, but a way of life for many of us in upstate New York. I will continue to work diligently at the federal level to protect our Second Amendment rights.”

The 22nd Congressional District is comprised of all or part of eight counties in upstate New York. Whole counties include: Chenango, Cortland, Madison and Oneida. Partial counties include: Broome, Herkimer, Oswego and Tioga.

Hanna is a businessman with more than 30 years experience in upstate New York. Prior to being elected to Congress in November 2010, he had never served in public office.

Hanna for Congress Launches First TV Ad

‘Home’ Hits Airwaves Today

UTICA, N.Y. — Richard Hanna for Congress Committee today launched its first TV advertisement for the 2014 primary election.

The spot, titled “Home,” showcases Hanna’s focus on representing the people of upstate New York during his time in Congress.

Click here to watch the 30-second TV spot.

Beginning today, it will air on TV districtwide.

Transcript of “Home” (30-seconds):

Upstate is my home. It’s where I built a business from the ground up and started a family. It’s a place I am committed to rebuilding. New Yorkers know personal responsibility matters and bigger government is not the solution. So I’ve voted to cut what we can’t afford, repeal Obamacare and protect our Second Amendment rights. I come home every weekend, listen to you and go back to work. 
I’m Richard Hanna and I approve this message.

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