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Robertson calls on Reed to abandon his reckless and irresponsible Tea Party demands that will continue the shutdown and force the federal government to default.
As more and more Republicans have come forward to negotiate an end to the government shutdown and avert a default that could crash the global economy, Democratic Congressional candidate Martha Robertson called on Congressman Tom Reed to relent on his Tea Party-inspired demands and join moderate Republicans and Democrats who are ready to end the current stalemate that threatens to send the economy into a job-cutting tailspin.
“Congressman Reed has made it clear he will not vote to end the shutdown or avoid default unless his demands are met. That is just plain reckless. Right now, I am calling on Congressman Reed to change his mind, to put his constituents ahead of the Tea Party and join nearly two dozen Republicans in the U.S. House who are willing to vote for a clean federal budget deal that will save jobs and the economy,” said Robertson.
Robertson noted that not only did Congressman Reed vote four times to shutdown the government in an effort to defund or delay Obamacare, and vote 16 times to refuse to reopen government, but he has also repeatedly rejected the efforts of his fellow Republicans in both the Senate and House to avoid a default and reopen government.
“When it comes to avoiding a default that could crash our economy and delay Social Security checks, Congressman Reed has said ‘meet my demands or else’. That’s a disaster for anyone in the Southern Tier who worries about their job, their Social Security check, or their Veterans benefits,” added Robertson.
Robertson noted that 22 House Republicans, including New York GOP members Peter King, Richard Hanna, and Michael Grimm, have made statements on the record supporting a clean budget agreement to end the shutdown and avoid a job-killing default. Combined with 195 Democrats who signed a letter to Speaker John Boehner asking for an up-or-down vote on a clean continuing resolution, that would make 217 votes in favor of a solution to the current mess in Washington.
“I am calling on Congressman Reed to abandon his irresponsible stand and become the deciding vote to end this crisis, and put jobs and Social Security checks before the Tea Party and right wing campaign checks,” concluded Robertson.
Reed Votes 4 times to shutdown government
Reed Voted 16 times to keep the government shut down
and move closer to default
[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 80, Vote #547, 10/14/13; HJ Res 80, Vote #549, 10/14/13]
“If we go into a shutdown, we’ll have to deal with that dynamic.”
– Congressman Tom Reed, Corning Leader, September 30, 2013
“As of Thursday, 19 House Republicans said they would be willing to vote for a government funding bill without the changes to the Affordable Care Act that the Republican majority is demanding. Combined with 200 Democratic votes, that’s enough to get such a bill passed – and to get the government up and running again.
“But Boehner, R-Ohio, and other House GOP leaders – along with Western New York’s Republican members of Congress, Chris Collins and Tom Reed – don’t want that sort of bill to come to the House floor.”
– Buffalo News, October 3, 2013
“Republican Rep. Tom Reed said Monday he continues to oppose stopgap legislation to reopen the federal government without any concessions.”
– Elmira Star Gazette, October 15, 2013