Bipartisan Group Rejects Rep. Reed

The Blue Dog Forum, lobbyists for conservative democrats organized by former congressman Bud Cramer (D-Ala), has changed their name to “Center Forward”. Their mission is to support discussions between Republicans and Democrats. Cramer has said, “I think from my perch, what I see is extreme pressure on members to not work together, for one side to stick with its side, for the other side to stick with its side. The centrists are there.”

They will be buying television ads for seven House members, five Democrats and two Republicans  who have proven to be “Centralists”.  They looked at all the House Representatives who supported the “No Budget, No Pay” effort during the Budget Shutdown last fall. The ads will support Democratic Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), Cheri Bustos (Ill.), Pete Gallego (Texas) and John Carney (Del.), as well as Republican Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.).

Hey, wait! Didn’t our congressman Rep. Tom Reed support  “No Budget, No Pay”? Isn’t Rep. Reed a member of bipartisan “No Labels” group? Doesn’t Rep. Reed try to come across as a Centralist? Why did Central Forward pick, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY22) instead of our congressman? The answer is in their voting records. Even though they are both Republicans are from Upstate New York, they voted the same only 84% of the time. Digging deeper into their voting records, they seem to disagree on important issues. Here are some samples.

Economics: Rep. Reed voted not to allow the Department of the Treasury to pay our outstanding bills (H J Res 99, vote 570, 10/30/13), which would lower our credit rating. Rep. Hanna voted to allow the payments.

Abortions: Although the Hyde Amendment officially prohibits federal funding of abortions, Rep. Reed voted FOR the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014” (HR 7, Vote 30, 1/28/14). Hanna voted NO.

They also disagreed on HR 1797, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protective Act, which limited abortions in the District of Columbia to earlier than 20 weeks, unless the mother’s life is in danger, OR if the victim was a MINOR AND The Pregnancy was caused by rape or incest, AND it was reported to the Police within 48 hours of the incident.  (Vote 251, 6/18/13).

Reed voted FOR HR 358, which would amend the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to modify rules dealing with abortions (vote 258, 5/16/2012). Hanna voted against it.

A related issue: In 2012, Rep. Reed voted “To Reauthorize the Violence  Against Women’s Act of 1994” instead of updating it. Rep. Hanna, wanting to bring the VAWA into the 21st Century, voted against reauthorizing it. Also, Hanna supported the 2013 VAWA, Reed failed to vote.

Business: Rep. Reed was one of 53 Republicans voting against an agreement with the “Senate on the Small Business Program Extension and Reform Act of 2011”. The Act, with with 30 sections is difficult to summarize. Since there is no mention of it on his website, I would hate to guess why he was against it. The Act passed 352-66. Rep. Hanna voted for it.

Working Families: Rep. Reed supported the Working Family Flexibility Act (HR 1406, Vote 137, 5/8/13). Disguised as a benefit for workers, the Act would allow Management to give ‘compensatory time’ off instead of paying the workers overtime. Rep. Hanna voted against it.

Safety Net: HR 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act was supported and strongly promoted by Rep. Reed. (NN23 article) The Act would require abled-bodied adults without children, who receive SNAP benefits to work. He called it “Common Sense”. The problem is that those SNAP recipients already are required. The Act used different terms, changed the requirements a bit, and was used to demonize SNAP recipients. The only New York Representatives who voted for this act was Rep. Reed and Rep. Chris Collins.

Other issues that Rep. Reed and Rep. Hanna disagree on includes federal funding of National Public Radio (HR 1076, Vote:192, 3/17/11). Reed was against its funding. Also, in 2011 Rep. Reed voted to extend USA Patriot Act (HR 514, Vote: 36 2/14/11); and he was against the School Success Act (HR 5, Vote:374 7/19/13).

Even though Rep. Reed at times talks like a moderate, his votes represents the extreme right of the Republican Party. There is only one representative from New York State that is considered more conservative than our congressman, Rep. Chris Collins(R-NY 27). During the Government Shutdown Crisis of the fall of 2013, Collins and Reed voted together on the series of shutdown and debt ceiling proposals.

New York 23rd Voters Beware: The Bipartisan “Center Forward” group rejected  Rep. Reed. We should, too.






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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11 Responses to Bipartisan Group Rejects Rep. Reed

  1. whungerford says:

    Reed sometimes talks like a moderate and sometimes like an extremist. His views are confusing because when he does explain them his explanation is often vague. Extreme ideas include: national debt must be paid back, flat tax, balanced budget in good times and bad, rescinding regulations creates jobs, environmental protection is unnecessary, people choose not to work if they have benefits, social security benefits must be cut, you need no more health insurance than you can afford.


  2. solodm says:

    Actions really do speak louder than words.Thank you for enumerating this, with indisputable fact ( Reed’s recorded votes). I congratulate Rep. Hanna for proving reasoned bipartisanship is possible when, one’s priorities are the constituents, not personal gain.


  3. BOB McGILL says:

    just two questions :if you need more health insurance than you can afford, just how do you intend to get it ? I mean if somebody gives it to you, then it’s not insurance, is it ?
    If the national debt is mostly money barrowed from Social Security, why would you not want it paid back ?


  4. whungerford says:

    Paying down the National Debt may be wise when times are good, but when times are bad it would only make things worse. In any case, the idea that the debt must be someday paid off is false.

    Insurance spreads the risk. If the government provided health insurance for all, some might never need it, but those who do would have it. When we rely on various forms of private insurance, we the people must pay for those who have none.


  5. pystew says:

    A year ago today I wrote the The Debt Guilt Trip and Other Economic Fallacies that you may have missed, Bob.


  6. whungerford says:

    That was a good article. Rich, thanks for reminding us–it is as pertinent today as it was when written a year ago. Those who seek to mislead us never seem to tire of claiming that the Federal budget is like a family’s, that the budget should be balanced in good times and bad, and that we are leaving a debt to our children that they must repay. Rep. Reed when challenged in West Elmira conceded that the debt needn’t be repaid, but he hasn’t stop making that false claim. Trey Gowdy faults President Obama for not balancing the budget,as if it were even possible during an economic slump..


  7. BOB McGILL says:

    ” When we rely on various forms of private insurance, we the people MUST PAY for those who have none.? ” HOW AMERICAN !!! :-0 I was under the impression slavery was abolished, how stupid of me.


  8. whungerford says:

    Bob, slavery is being forced to work for another; it has nothing to do with looking out for each other’s health care needs.


  9. BOB McGILL says:

    Oh, I was unaware that I was paid for not working so I could, as you say ” we the people MUST PAY for those who have none.


  10. BOB McGILL says:

    March 22, 2013
    China and U.S. Debt
    By Alex VanNess
    “As the U.S. federal debt is steadily climbing closer to $17 trillion, President Obama and Congressional leadership are making statements that we “don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt.” All the same, our bloated federal debt does pose a crisis. Not only will it slow economic growth, threaten us with higher interest rates, and increase inflation; it also allows China to threaten our national security and status as a world power.

    How does China’s ownership of the U.S. debt really pose a danger to our national security?

    China currently owns over 7% of U.S. federal debt via U.S. treasury securities. If China were to decide to dump those treasuries, it would greatly increase the burden of servicing U.S. debt. This could lead to a currency crisis forcing the U.S. to raise interest rates. Higher interest rates and higher risk for borrowers will potentially make it difficult for the U.S. to find creditors and will create the conditions for a recession.


  11. BOB McGILL says:…/economic-forecast-2014-2015-looking-better-with... Cached
    Strategies | 1/22/2014 @ 1:42PM | 9,606 views Economic Forecast 2014-2015: Looking Better With Help From Oil And Gas
    If you read this don’t miss this line 🙂 If getting a job entails a loss of various subsidies, that’s equivalent in behavioral terms to a tax on income. A wide variety of government aid programs are tied to income levels. The Affordable Care Act, for example————-
    A comprehensive analysis of all federal programs by the Congressional Budget Office shows that in the range of $5,000 to $20,000 of annual income, the net benefit of earning an extra dollar is about 15 cents.
    This guy thinks like me ” I like gridlock “


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