Rep. Tom Reed will have three Town Hall Meetings this Saturday, March 15. His first meeting is in Lansing (Tompkins County) at the Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Road at 9 AM. He will then travel to the Varick Town Hall (Seneca County), 4782 Route 96, Romulus for a 12:30 meeting. Finally his team be at the Naples Village Hall (Ontario), 106 South Main Street in Naples at 3:30.
If you are able to go to one or more of these events I would suggest that you have some questions prepared a head of time. I type my questions for a couple of reasons–typed questions are easier to read than my hand writing. Also I have a copy of the question I wrote as compared to the question that was answered.
Rep. Reed has developed the art of turning a question into an opportunity to promote the GOP latest talking points that might touch on the issues brought up in the question. My experience at the Bath Town Hall Meeting in November with the question dealing with putting more of a burden of helping our economy improve on those who earn $500,000 a year. Rep. Reed turned it around to attack the SNAP recipient. It also happened at the Jerusalem meeting in December with the question “What are your positions on dumping fracking fluids on roads and storing fluids in old wells?” turn into a five and a half minutes stump speech about in praise of fracking. He then said that it was up to the state, not the federal government.
If you attend one of the meetings, and don’t have your own burning questions for Rep. Reed, may I suggest a few? Using recent articles from the New NY 23rd, it would be great to get Rep. Reed’s to comment on the following:
- Do you think Rep. Darrell Issa was proper to adjourn the IRS Hearing and not let Rep. Cummings speak on the record? Remember Rep. Issa called a hearing, knowing that the only witness summoned could not testify because she already used her fifth amendment right not to incriminate herself. (article: “Reed Supports Issa on Silencing Democrats”)
- Why do you support the reauthorization of Senator Bernie Sanders’s Older Americans Act when you voted to reduce many of the services the ACT includes, like Meals on Wheels ? (article: “Senior Voters Should Beware of Reed“).
- Why did you co-sponsor the SHARE Act which permits motorized vehicles in federal wilderness areas and loosens existing conservation laws if someone is hunting on federal lands (ie deregulating toxic lead in ammunition and adds new exemptions for chemicals in fishing equipment?). (article: “Sportsmen’s Hertiage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act”).
- Since you are on the Ways and Means Committee, which is supposedly looking to refine the tax code, I would like to know why don’t we end tax loop-holes that allow rich hedge fund managers to avoid paying income taxes or permit mega-corporations to park their profits offshore tax havens? (article: “Rep. Reed Complains About Debt But His Solutions Help Only The Rich“).
Rep. Reed is pretty good at anticipating what issues will come up at his Town Hall Meetings. We usually would expect Rep. Reed to parrot the GOP generated talking points, but he might surprise us. He is in a campaign. He is pretty certain that he will not be in a republican primary race in June; he has a good hold on his Tea Party base. Will he be framing his answers to these questions to try to siphon moderate republicans away from his opponent, Martha Robertson?