Robertson on Rep. Tom Reed’s Support for Shutdown


“How long will this go on? This is Day 3 of the shutdown that Congressman Tom Reed and his fellow Tea Party extremists in Congress have created. Their reckless actions are hurting Americans and threatening our fragile economic recovery. Four out of the six New York GOP members of Congress have been openly critical of this extremist strategy.

“It is clear that a clean Continuing Resolution would pass the House of Representatives today, but extremists in Congress won’t allow that vote to happen.

“Congressman Reed actually said he prefers a shutdown to doing his job and funding the government. This full-throated support for the shutdown reveals how ideological and partisan Congressman Reed really is, even though he tries to pretend he’s a moderate when he’s in the District. His irresponsible actions will continue to hurt the economy more and more each day that he puts partisan politics before the needs and interests of our district and the country.

“I call on Tom Reed and Congress to stop cherry-picking ‘The Program of the Day’ to fund just because they’ve gotten bad publicity. End this destructive dysfunction and do your jobs – fund the government.

“Even worse, Congressman Reed is advocating for Congress to default on the debt ceiling, which would cause far greater damage to our economy and threaten delivery of Social Security checks, Medicare payments and Veterans benefits. No Veteran or senior should have to worry that the critical benefits he or she depends on will be interrupted, or that Social Security checks won’t come.

“As Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, I have a record of bipartisanship, of hearing all voices and working together to get things done. That’s how we’ve achieved the lowest unemployment rate in all of New York, that’s how we’ve built affordable housing and found discounts for prescription drugs. That’s the kind of problem-solving we need in Congress.

“It’s time for Tea Party Tom Reed to put aside partisan politics and do his Constitutional duty – fund the government. Enough already.”


Michael Grimm (R-NY): “The circus created the past few days isn’t reflective of mainstream Republicans — it projects an image of not being reasonable. The vast majority of Republicans are pretty level-headed and are here to govern.” [Bloomberg, 9/30/13]

Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY): “From my perspective, the desired end state remains the same — a delay of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare and a temporary lifting of the sequester — both to January 2015 […] However, we need a successful strategy to get that implemented, and this approach will not do it.” [, 9/29/13]

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY): “[A]s a lifelong and consistent supporter of women’s rights and health care, I do not support addressing divisive social issues such as access to birth control on a last-minute continuing resolution.’’ [, 9/29/13]

Rep. Peter King (R-NY):  “First of all, on the second one, we should not be closing down the government under any circumstances. That doesn’t work. It’s wrong. And you know, Obamacare passed. We have to try to defund it. We have to try to find ways to repeal it. The fact is we shouldn’t be using it as a threat to shut down the government […]There’s no reason to be threatening to bring down the government. Let’s make this work.” [CNN State of the Union, 7/28/13]

Martha Robertson is from Dryden and is Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature. For more information on Martha Robertson and to receive campaign updates, please visit


About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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4 Responses to Robertson on Rep. Tom Reed’s Support for Shutdown

  1. Barbara Griffin says:

    I recently signed up for your daily blog. Excellent! Message to Martha: The check is in the mail.


  2. Bob McGILL says:

    Many of these same people and a lot of Democrats have said that ” Washington doesn’t work “. What is wrong with shutting down something that doesn’t work ? Maybe it should be shut down forever.


  3. pystew says:

    “Maybe it should be shut down forever.” Are you sure you want me to keep that quote posted? To end the greatest country in the world because a group of lawyers who are suppose to uphold the constitution doesn’t seem to know how a law is created. They should know that to repeal a law they need to get enough votes to do so, not by holding the budget hostage. Today it is Obamacare. What will it be next time? Maybe we should get a congress who is willing to follow the constitution. Maybe we should we should get a congress who are more concerned of their constituents than if they are going to be ‘primaried’ by the extremists of their party.

    The Democrats who are observing that “Washington doesn’t work.” are looking at the GOP who will not compromise. Again, we need to get a congress who will work for the people.

    “Maybe it should be shut down forever.” is pretty close to treason. Let me know if you want me to remove your comment.


  4. pystew says:

    Thanks for supporting this blog. Pass the word to those who might enjoy it.


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