As Government Shutdown Looms, Tom Reed Tries to Cover-Up His Own Tracks (Again)
In the fall of 2013, Reed voted four times in favor of resolutions that hurtled the government towards an eventual shutdown. As the shutdown mess ensued, Reed voted sixteen times against efforts to re-open the government, even against protecting Medicare, Social Security and veterans’ benefits. Reed even voted against the bipartisan compromise that eventually re-opened the government and prevented a catastrophic default.
As Southern Tier workers and middle-class families reeled from furloughs and economic repercussions, Reed tried to cover his own tracks by introducing legislation to “end” the government shutdown that had no chance of passing or fixing the shutdown mess.
“As a potential government shutdown looms again in Congress, Tom Reed is trying to cover up his record of voting for and sustaining the shutdown in 2013,” said John Plumb; Naval Reserve Commander, fourth-generation Western New Yorker and candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd district. “As Southern Tier workers reeled from furloughs and the economy got rocked, Reed voted sixteen times against efforts to re-open the government and against protecting Medicare, Social Security and veterans’ benefits from the shutdown mess.”
“Tom Reed’s desperate attempt to mislead voters is exactly why the Southern Tier needs a new leader in Congress who will put middle-class families and the region’s economy ahead of cheap political tricks.”
Reed Voted Sixteen Times Against Efforts To Re-Open the Government In 2013. [H Res 370, Vote #509, 10/02/13; HJ Res 70, Vote #512, 10/02/13; HR 3230, Vote #515, 10/03/13; HJ Res 72, Vote #517, 10/03/13; H Res 371, Vote #519, 10/04/13; HJ Res 85, Vote #521, 10/04/13; HJ Res 75, Vote #523, 10/04/13; H J Res 77, Vote #527, 10/7/13; HJ Res 84, Vote #529, 10/08/13; H Res 373, Vote #531, 10/08/13; HR 3273, Vote #533, 10/08/13; HJ Res 90, Vote #536, 10/09/13; HJ Res 79, Vote #539, 10/10/13; HJ Res 76, Vote #541, 10/11/13; HJ Res 380, Vote #543, 10/11/13; HJ Res 80, Vote #547, 10/14/13; New York Times, 10/07/13]
Reed Voted In Favor Of Extreme Plan That Would “Likely Result” In A Government Shutdown. “More than a third of House Republicans urged their leader Thursday to trigger a government shutdown rather than fund the implementation of the health care overhaul they call "Obamacare." A letter from 80 Republicans asked Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to resist any spending bills that would accommodate the new health care law, which is nearing a critical stage of signing up millions of Americans for health coverage. Because it's virtually certain that President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate would reject such demands, leaders of both parties say the standoff likely would result in a partial shutdown of the federal government, similar to those that occurred in 1995 and 1996.” The bill passed 230-189. [Associated Press, 8/23/13; HJ Res 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13]
Reed Voted Against Protecting Social Security And Medicare From Shutdown. [HJ Res 59, Vote #477, 9/20/13]
Reed Voted Against A Bipartisan Compromise Plan To Re-open Government, Avert Debt Default. [New York Times, 10/16/13; HR 2775, Vote #550, 10/16/13]
The Shutdown Hurt New York’s 23rd Congressional District
- 1,700 civilian employees of the New York National Guard have been furloughed. [New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs]
- 10 county workers who are part of the Broome-Tioga Workforce New York have their hours cut because of the shutdown. [Ithaca Journal, 10/7/13]
- New York’s national parks are closed, costing the state $2,120,548 every day. [ThinkProgress, 10/2/13]
- National Women’s Rights Park closed during government shutdown. [Post Standard, 10/12/13]
- Long-term government shutdown threatens local services, such as WIC, in Chautauqua County. [Observer Today, 10/4/13]
- Shutdown Took $24 Billion Out Of The Economy: “The shutdown also forced non-government business losses, temporary layoffs and other interruptions in business spending. The full extent of the damage won’t be known for some time. Economists at Standard & Poor’s estimate the total cost at about $24 billion, or a 0.6 percent GDP haircut. Others guess it's about half that. Either way, it's a heavy price to pay.” [NBC News, 10/17/13]
John Plumb is a member of the United States Navy Reserve. Use of military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.