Captain Plumb Endorsed by Veterans and Military Families Group, Reed Has Voted Against Our Veterans
Jamestown, New York – U.S. Navy Captain John Plumb, fourth generation Western New Yorker and candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd district, is fighting to be a champion for our rural veterans and their families, while Congressman Reed has voted against veterans on key issues like improving research and resources for prosthetics and PTSD. Plumb recently picked up a new endorsement from Veterans and Military Families for Progress.
“Veterans and Military Families for Progress enthusiastically and proudly endorses John Plumb,” said Veterans and Military Families for Progress while announcing the endorsement. “John Plumb is a strong supporter of our nation’s veterans and active armed forces. Mr. Plumb, throughout his distinguished two decades of naval service, has clearly demonstrated his determination to work on behalf of our nation’s veterans. We feel that veterans, active duty, military families, and in fact, all people of New York’s 23rd Congressional District will be well-served with John Plumb as their representative thus ensuring that America remains strong in national defense and in fighting terrorism.”
“I’m proud to be endorsed by Veterans and Military Families for Progress. As an officer in the U.S. Navy for over two decades, I know firsthand the hard work and dedication it takes to stand up and fight for our rural veterans and their families,” stated U.S. Navy Captain Plumb. “I'm fed up with typical politicians like Congressman Reed offering lip service to our veterans in the district, then going to DC and voting against them. It's even more unacceptable that Congressman Reed has voted against our veterans when it comes to improving research and resources for prosthetics and mental health services for troops suffering from PTSD.”
Plumb recently unveiled his policy priorities for “Keeping our Promise to Rural Veterans and Their Families. Here’s a link.
Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP): VMFP is a 501(c)(4) organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and recognized as a Veterans Service Organization by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is made up of members from across the country, and from across the breadth of rank and military services, who served, are serving, or are members of families of those who have heeded the call to serve their country in the U.S. military.
Tom Reed Voted Against Additional $28.3 Million for Medical and Prosthetic Research and Development: Reed voted against increased funding for medical and prosthetic research and development by $28.3 million. The bill would have reduced the amount provided for the Defense Base Closure Account by $56.7 million and used $28.3 million to invest in veteran’s health and prosthetic research and development. [CQ, House Roll Call Vote 304, 5/31/12; Congressional Record, H3358, 5/31/12] [HR 5854, Vote #304, 5/31/12]
Voted Against Millions in Additional Funding for Suicide Prevention and PTSD for Veterans: Reed voted against a motion that would have provided an additional $20 million for veterans’ medical service to help with post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention. According to the Watertown Daily Times, “Rep. Bill Owens offered an amendment to a military appropriations bill in the House of Representatives that would increase spending on veterans’ mental health services by $20 million.” [Watertown Daily Times, 6/14/11; CQ Floor Vote, 6/14/11] [HR 2055, Vote #417, 6/14/11]
Rep. Reed Voted for MilCon-VA Appropriations Bill That Underfunded VA by More Than $1 Billion, impacting 70,000 Veterans: In April 2015, Reed voted for legislation that would underfund the VA and impact veterans’ health care, medical research, education, and cemeteries. “Addressing the Democrats at a closed-door caucus meeting in the Capitol Wednesday, VA Secretary Robert McDonald warned the lawmakers that the GOP's $77billion bill funding the department and military construction projects in fiscal 2016 falls short of the resources needed to provide health and other services to the nation's veterans. Relaying McDonald's message, Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), chairman of the Democratic Caucus, said the GOP's bill would scale back health benefits for roughly 70,000 veterans, while also denying funds for medical research, education and veterans’ cemeteries … Passed with bipartisan support by the House Appropriations Committee last week, the bill provides a 5.6 percent increase for the VA over 2015 levels, but falls more than $1 billion shy of the figure President Obama had included in his 2016 budget request.” The bill passed 255 to 163. [HR 2029, Vote #193, 4/30/15; The Hill, 4/29/15]