The DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) has indicated that they have their eyes set on the NY 23rd Congressional District. Looking ahead to 2014, they have announced that Rep. Tom Reed is one of 40 highly vulnerable Republicans House members who they are targeting. According to The Hill.com, the DCCC is scrutinizing Reed’s his comments and votes, especially on the Fiscal Cliff discussions.
There were good signs a few weeks ago when Reed said “I would say the (Norquist) pledge is not a barrier to a deal”, that he was ‘trying to find common ground’ with the President and the Democrats. Now, he has had a change of heart, saying that he is now getting frustrated with the process.
Reed pointed out that House Republican leaders sent a proposal to President Obama outlining a new, serious proposal to cut spending and set the stage for tax reform, while still considering revenue. The ‘serious proposal’ is summarized here:
- The tax rates they want
- The Medicare cuts they want
- The Social Security cuts they want
- The $1 trillion in spending cuts Obama already agreed to
- Hundreds of billions of dollars in additional cuts
- Ending the payroll tax break
- Ending extended jobless air
- The opportunity to create a new debt ceiling crisis in a few months
- A promise to end undefined tax deductions and loopholes at some point in 2013
(information from ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ 12/4/12)
Does Rep. Reed really this this is a ‘balance compromised’? Do you?
The DCCC went on to say, “Voters can now see if Congressman Tom Reed [R-N.Y.] stands with the middle class in New York or millionaires and Republicans in Washington. Congressman Reed can force a vote on middle class tax cuts if he is willing to stand against Grover Norquist and Speaker [John] Boehner’s plan that takes us over the fiscal cliff and leaves the middle class with a lump of coal.”
We can only hope, and keep watching along with the DCCC.