FACT-CHECK: Rep. Reed is Shamelessly Taking Credit for Jobs He Voted Against
Commander John Plumb, fourth generation Western New Yorker, U.S. Naval Officer, and candidate for congress in New York’s 23rd district, issued the following statement:
“Congressman Reed has made a career out of saying one thing here at home then doing another in Washington, DC. After repeatedly voting against Amtrak funding that would bring jobs to the Southern Tier, Congressman Reed is now shamelessly trying to take credit for bringing those same jobs to our region. This is Washington politics at its worst and exactly why we need a new representative in Congress."
Congressman Tom Reed has voted at least three separate times to cut funding for Amtrak:
In June 2015, Reed voted for a Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill that cut $242 million from Amtrak.
When the Alstom contract to build “Amtrak's next fleet of high-speed Acela train sets in Hornell” was announced in September, 2015, Congressman Reed was specifically asked not to attend the event. Senator Schumer said, "We have to tell people who vote to cut Amtrak that it's against our interest here in the Southern Tier.”