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In his campaign promises, U.S. Rep. John Katko claims to be “our” side! Does he think the residents of this district don’t pay attention to his voting record in Congress?

Katko supported a tax bill that raises the projected federal deficit nearly $2 trillion over the next 10 years. That deficit places the Social Security, Medicare and educational programs that benefit a vast majority of Americans in serious jeopardy.

By contrast, over 80 percent of the benefit of the new tax law Katko endorsed will go to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. How does that help “our” side?

Katko voted to block amendments to protect the right to buy health insurance coverage with a pre-existing medical condition, and the ability for young adults to be covered by their parents’ insurance. His vote undermined medical care for millions of Americans on “our” side.

Katko’s claim that he is a moderate Republican working across the aisle to end gridlock is a cynical election strategy of false promises. His voting record tells a very different story, one of siding with the hard-line Trump faction in Congress more than 90 percent of the time.

In the 21st century, a majority of concerned voters in our district voted against Republican House, Senate and presidential candidates when they demonstrated they were not on “our” side.

Vote for Dana Balter on Nov. 6, and give NY24 the voice we need to protect the welfare of all the citizens in our district with fair taxes and adequate, affordable health care.

Crawford R. Thoburn


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