Reed’s Last-Minute Reversal on Disastrous Trade Deal Too Little Too Late
Congressman Reed’s opponent, Naval Reserve Commander and fourth-generation Western New Yorker John Plumb has been critical of the trade deal since announcing his bid in July to unseat the 3-term Congressman.
“Congressman Tom Reed’s sudden concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership are too little too late given that only a few months ago he voted to fast-track the disastrous trade deal through Congress, which was an abdication of his responsibility as a Congressman,” said Plumb. “If Reed was seriously interested in protecting workers and manufacturers in the Southern Tier, then he would not have voted to fast-track a trade bill that resembles past deals that have gutted our economy.”
“Congressman Reed has a history of voting for every trade deal he can. The only thing that has changed from Reed’s enthusiastic embrace of this trade deal earlier in the year until his sudden reversal is that John Plumb is now running for Congress" added Brian Cordova, Plumb's campaign manager. "Reed's record of political grandstanding is exactly why rural communities and working families need a new leader in Congress who will actually listen to their concerns and deliver results for the Southern Tier.”
Reed Was The Only Supporter Of Fast Track In The Western New York Delegation: “That left Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, a member of the Ways and Means Committee that will draft the fast-track bill, as its only supporter in the Western New York congressional delegation. ‘I have heard from our neighbors and friends on the issue of free trade many times during the numerous town halls we have held across the district,’ Reed said. ‘Most recognize that a vast majority of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S., and trade agreements must be fair to ensure a level playing field to access those consumers. This would also promote job creation here at home.’” [Buffalo News, 2/19/15]
In 2011, Reed Voted To Implement The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement: [CQ Floor Votes, 10/12/11; HR 3078, Vote #781, 10/12/11]
In 2011, Reed Voted To Implement The Panama Trade Agreement: [CQ Floor Votes, 10/12/11; HR 3079, Vote #782, 10/12/11]
In 2011, Reed Voted To Implement The South Korea Trade Agreement: [CQ Floor Votes, 10/12/11; HR 3080, Vote #783, 10/12/11]