Congressman Tom Reed to Hold Summit in an Attempt to Hide his Terrible Record on Trade
The following is a statement from Commander John Plumb, fourth generation Western New Yorker, U.S. Naval Reserve Officer, and candidate for congress in New York’s 23rd district:
"Congressman Tom Reed continues to say one thing and do another. Now he is holding a manufacturing summit to try to hide his terrible record of rigging the system against working families here in the Southern Tier. He has voted to approve every free trade deal that has come before him in Congress – and those bad deals have resulted in thousands of good jobs disappearing from our region.
“I want to do things differently. We need a new representative – one who will prioritize the needs of our working families in the Southern Tier by opposing bad free trade deals that put our manufacturers at risk."
Whether voting for trade promotion authority to make it easier for the U.S. to pass foreign trade deals or voting directly for foreign trade deals with countries such as Panama, South Korea, or Colombia, Tom Reed has been a consistent supporter of foreign trade that costs New York jobs. Foreign trade deals like the ones Reed has supported have hurt New York working families and killed jobs:
Since the implementation of NAFTA, New York has lost over 365,000 manufacturing jobs, or 45% of its total.
Free trade with China cost New York nearly 180,000 jobs alone through 2013.
Through the first three years of the Korean free trade agreement, the U.S. trade deficit with South Korea rose 48% among the top 10 products that New York exports to South Korea.
Research shows that foreign trade agreements do not help small businesses – in New York, only 9% of small and medium-sized businesses even export any products, compared to 54% of large companies.