The following article was submitted by New NY 23rd reader, Deb Meeker.
September 30, 2013, Rep. Tom Reed said: “Harry Reid and the President saying they won’t negotiate isn’t helpful and is grossly irresponsible when the country is just hours away from a government shutdown.” ….
Eighteen days later, after voting some 18 times to KEEP the government shut down, and failing Tom Reed is quoted as saying: “Let’s have an honest conversation,” Reed said. “I’m going to take (President Obama) on his word.”
He said, “The status quo needs to change, and I’m all in.”
The last comments from Rep. Tom Reed as to “Why he voted for the defaulting the United States government?” STUNNING!
“I question the strategy that was deployed *[ an out right contradiction of his previous statements.]* because you are essentially telling the American people that you are going to do something that you know you cannot do, given the facts at hand,” Reed said. “So to me it was a poor strategy. I questioned that strategy, but we found ourselves in there.”
Congressman Reed has not once apologized for his part in wasting 24 billion dollars the shut down cost the US government.
Nor has he apologized to the tens of thousands federal workers his vote helped to furlough without pay.
Instead we were all given his lame excuse for taking part in almost destroying the US economy and attempting to help bring about a US credit default.
Talking about why he just went along with the Tea Party radicals, Reed says he “just found himself ‘In there’.” That gives me grave concerns that Rep. Tom Reed will be “all in” for more votes on important issues, where he “just finds himself in there” without giving it thought.