Rep. Reed Caught Misrepresenting his Record of Playing Politics with National Security
The following is a statement from Commander John Plumb, fourth generation Western New Yorker, U.S. Naval Officer, and candidate for congress in New York’s 23rd district:
“As a chief contributor to Washington’s dysfunction, Congressman Tom Reed has proven that there’s nothing he won’t play politics with – even our country’s safety and security are games to him. Once again, he is trying to hide from his record. This time he is blatantly misrepresenting his vote to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.
“I have served in the military for over twenty years, and have seen firsthand how we face increasingly complex and global threats from ISIS, Russia, and China. Unlike Congressman Reed, I will never put political games ahead of the safety and security of our country and armed forces.”
- Last year, Tom Reed voted to block a spending bill and shut down the Department of Homeland Security on March 3, 2015. Republican Rep. Mike Simpson noted that the vote was “the only path forward to avoid a potentially devastating shutdown” of DHS.
- This irresponsible vote infuriated even his fellow Republican members of the New York Congressional delegation, who issued a joint statement arguing against Reed’s vote and declaring that “DHS is critical to our national security – ISIS is a real threat to America, and we must provide full funding to keep New York and our country safe. We urge the rest of our colleagues to join us in supporting legislation to fund DHS.”
- Fellow New York Republican Peter King was so angered by Reed’s position that he declared Reed “self-righteous and delusional” for putting the country’s security at risk by playing politics, “especially at a time when we’re confronting terrorism.”
- This is the latest example of Congressman Reed’s pattern of saying one thing in the district and doing another in Washington.
- Earlier this week, Chautauqua Today reported that Congressman Reed responded to criticism about his failed record on foreign trade by “ saying that he did not vote for NAFTA or any other trade agreements.” This line of defense falls flat because Congressman Reed’s record shows that he has voted for every free trade agreement that has come before him in Congress. This includes agreements withColombia, Panama,South Korea, and his vote in favor of Trade Promotion Authority.
- Congressman Reed shamelessly tried to take credit for jobs related to anAmtrak contract in the Southern Tier, despite the fact that he has voted to cut funding for Amtrak on three separate occasions. When pressed on this issue, Congressman Reed was “ not available for comment.”