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In Pennsylvania, Democrat Kathy Boockvar is fighting against US Representative Mike Fitzpatrick who she sees as a Tea Party conservative by far the most conservative person to ever hold this seat, voting with the Tea Party on every issue of substance. He has voted for the Ryan Budget twice and voted to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. It appears that Mitt Romneys 47%, Makers v. Takers worldview was brought up again by Pennsylvania Republican Mike Fitzpatrick caught on tape in late September. Speaking to a Tea Party group, Fitzpatrick said, We need to support people who have a history and know what it is like to sign the front of a paycheck, not the back of a paycheck, which the PA AFL-CIO said impl[ies] that people who receive paychecks rather than own businesses are somehow less important to the American economy. Kathy Boockvar came back fiercely and stated, Its shocking that Congressman Fitzpatrick would so callously insult the hard working, middle class people who trusted him to represent them in Washington, and his divisive philosophy represents yet another example of why hes the wrong fit for Bucks and Montgomery counties. As Congresswoman for the 8th district, I will represent all of the people, regardless of what side of the paycheck they sign, Boockvar added. Kathy blames a Congress run by Tea Party favorites for inaction with regards to families struggling to pay for college tuition and prescription drug costs. She said the Tea Party was "mired in hostility, focused only on party politics and obstruction." Kathy accused Fitzpatrick of voting with Tea Party members to deny tax breaks to the middle class and threaten Medicare, veterans' benefits and environmental protections. Pennsylvanias 8th Congressional District includes Bucks County and portions of Montgomery County and northeast Philadelphia and is seen as a swing district. In the 2006 election, Fitzpatrick defeated Democrat Patrick Murphy by less than 1 percent of the vote. Pennsylvania Working Families endorses Boockvar, praising her support for the middle class. Were with Boockvar. Its time to end the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%. Its time they pay their fair share because only 2% of American households make more than $250,000 a year. Mitt Romneys tax plan would even raise taxes on 18 million working families to pay for more wasteful tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Kathy knows that the budget can't be balanced without raising taxes on the very top income bracket. She calls for cutting spending and lowering the rates on corporations, adding that balancing the budget will also require raising taxes on the top 1 to 2 percent of incomes. She would let the Bush-era tax cuts expire for top earners. Following the plan backed by many Democrats, Kathy said that tax increases should not affect anyone making less than $250,000 - the same cutoff President Obama has proposed. She said she was open to a higher threshold, as well, saying she wanted to leave the issue open for discussion and compromise. The Bush tax cuts actually added more to our deficit than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, Kathy said. By avoiding paying the bill then, they're letting my 13-year-old daughter and all of our children and grandchildren pay the bills later. Kathy Boockvar was born in Staten Island, N.Y. and now lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and a law degree from American University in 1993. She began her law career in northeastern Pennsylvania, representing senior citizens, low-income residents, domestic violence victims and others. She started and ran her own small private practice, working on pensions, disability law, insurance and other issues. As a small business owner, Kathy understands the importance of fiscal responsibility, budgeting, and oversight. She has experienced firsthand the challenges that small business owners face. Kathy has dedicated her career as an attorney and mediator to helping Pennsylvanians protect their jobs, their Social Security, and their families. Community involvement has always been one of Kathys priorities. She has served on the boards of A Woman's Place, a domestic violence organization; Wills for Heroes, helping police and firefighters with wills; and at her daughter's school. Kathy has also worked on voting rights issues for the nonprofit Advancement Project from 2008 to 2010. Her domestic priorities include funding for public schools, preserving Social Security, providing access to affordable health care, and other issues of concern to families. She supports funding for early childhood education and believes students should be offered student loan programs, including loan forgiveness in exchange for serving the country. She also supports programs to aid small businesses and the environment. Kathy Boockvar speaks for herself: I am running for Congress because I've been working my whole life as a mediator, public interest lawyer, and small business owner, helping disabled veterans with disability benefits, seniors with Social Security and Medicaid, women and middle class families with their jobs, livelihoods, and families. I cannot sit back and allow my opponent and the Tea Party Congress to continue their agenda of obstruction and rolling us backwards. Sign up to make calls for Kathy Boockvar. Her race is tight and every voter we get to the polls could be the one who puts her over the top! Calling out the vote is easy, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Sign up now.
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