Alliance for Retired Americans vs. Rep. Tom Reed

Alliance for Retired AmericansRep. Tom Reed has earned an 11% rating from the Alliance for Retired Americans for his 2013 voting record. They identified 10 votes that “protected the health and economic security of seniors, strengthen families and build safe and thriving communities.” Our congressman voted to support the Retired/Senior Citizens on ONE of the these bills; Against the interests of Retired/Senior Citizens the 8 of them, and was absent for the tenth vote. His lifetime score for RetiredSenior Citizens’ Issues is six percent. Rep. Reed’s scores are the second lowest in New York State. The lowest score was earned by neighboring congressman, Rep. Chris Collins (R-27).

Reed’s only positive vote was against an amendment to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 that would cut Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding by $1 million. Many seniors rely on the LSC for vital help in areas such as eligibility for benefits and housing, and, remember that Reed himself is a lawyer and has received over $84,000 from lawyers and law firms for this campaign. (H.R. 152, Roll Call No. 18, January 15, 2013.)

Rep. Reed voted:

  • AGAINST a Senate-passed budget resolution, which did not cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, or increase costs to beneficiaries. In addition, it repealed the 2011 spending sequester process, which contained automatic cuts to many seniors programs. (H.Con.Res. 25, Roll Call No. 83, March 20, 2013.)
  • AGAINST a resolution that proposed to raise revenues by closing tax loopholes for high income earners and create Medicare savings by requiring pharmaceutical companies to pay rebates for low-income beneficiaries. The measure did not cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits. (H.Con.Res. 25, Roll Call No. 87, March 20, 2013.FOR a budget resolution that replaces the guaranteed benefits of Medicare with a privatized system. Under the Ryan plan, Medicare would be privatized, voucher-like payments would go to insurance companies and seniors would have significantly higher out of pocket costs. (H.Con.Res. 25, Roll Call No. 88, March 21, 2013)

 

  • FOR  a bill that would permit employers to institute compensatory time instead of cash under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Many seniors must work and need their earned wages to meet daily economic demands.(H.R. 1406, Roll Call No. 137, May 8, 2013.)

 

  • FOR to repeal legislation that included several pro-retiree provisions including the elimination of co-pays and deductibles for preventive care screenings and an annual wellness checkups. The law also included the closing of the Part D doughnut hole coverage gap and the phasing out of overpayments to Medicare Advantage insurance companies. (H.R. 45, Roll Call No. 154, May 16, 2013.)

 

  • AGAINST an amendment to a farm bill that would restore $20.5 billion in cuts to the SNAP food nutrition program. Many seniors rely on SNAP funds to meet their basic nutritional needs and would otherwise lose benefits. (H.R. 1947, Roll Call No. 256, June 19, 2013.

Hands off Social Security

  • FOR another bill that would again repeal several health care reform pro-retiree provisions including the elimination of co-pays and deductibles for preventive care screenings and an annual wellness checkup. The law also included the closing of the Part D doughnut hole coverage gap and the phasing out of overpayments to Medicare Advantage insurance companies. (H.R. 2009, Roll Call No. 447, August 2, 2013.)

 

  • AGAINST a bill to end a 15 day government shutdown and extend the nation’s borrowing authority. The bill funded the government through January 15, 2014, and extended the debt-ceiling through February 7, 2014. During the shutdown, many vital services were unavailable to seniors and all Americans. (H.R. 2775, Roll Call No. 550, October 16, 2013.)

Rep. Reed may claim that he supports Senior Citizens, his votes tell a different story.  Martha Robertson’s record supports her claims. We have an important choice in November.

You may be interested to look at how Planned Parenthood, and  American Association of University Women (AAUW) rate Rep. Reed’s votes.

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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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8 Responses to Alliance for Retired Americans vs. Rep. Tom Reed

  1. whungerford says:

    Seniors seem to understand as they are Martha’s strongest supporters. They remember Tom’s claim that Social Security and Medicare are unsustainable, bankrupt, doomed to default, and can only be “saved” by cutting benefits. That Tom has changed his tune for the election doesn’t mean he has changed him mind.

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  2. josephurban says:

    The seniors must be wrong. I am always getting flyers telling me how Mr Reed is saving Social Security and Medicare. (Yes, this is sarcasm).

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  3. Deb Meeker says:

    This issue was what first caught my attention about Tom Reed’s views. I was beginning to realize I would be retiring several years from then, and read about Reed’s support for the Ryan Budget at that time. Better late than never ( I hoped ), I started paying much more attention to Reed’s words and votes on many issues.
    He may have dropped his scare tactic views in public now, but last March he was full steam on a repeat of the failed ” Bush Tour” rhetoric, at all of his Town Halls.
    “We hear from many of our senior citizens that they are worried about any plans that would cut their Social Security and Medicare benefits,” Reed said. “That is why it is important we reach out and make it clear there are no proposals we support that cut benefits for those currently receiving, or nearing eligibility for, these benefits. ”
    I have no idea what seniors he had talked to that were ” so worried “; if he found some, it must have been those whom his lies had scared. Did he really believe we would throw the younger generations under the bus, and just be relieved ours “might ” be OK?

    https://reed.house.gov/press-release/rep-tom-reed-continues-senior-citizen-outreach-protecting-social-security-and-medicare

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  4. pystew says:

    The key line of the Reed article you refer to is the one you hand in your comment–“That is why it is important we reach out and make it clear there are no proposals we support that cut benefits for those currently receiving, or nearing eligibility for, these benefits.” People have to read the WHOLE sentence and understand what that really means–especially those who are a little younger than today’s Seniors.

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  5. whungerford says:

    Reed says it is important constituents understand that both Medicare and Social Security are on a path to bankruptcy.

    “It is not a question of if, but rather when these programs run out – unless we take steps now to reform and save them,” Reed continued. “Individuals are paying directly into these programs and they are entitled to their benefits. The focus should be on reforms that do not affect those who currently receive or will soon be receiving benefits, but those who are a generation out. That way, they can plan with certainty. If we act preventively, we can stabilize the programs and get them on firm ground.”

    Reed’s ideas might be called “Path to Poverty” for those near retirement.

    http://reed.house.gov/press-release/reed-outlines-priorites-23rd-district-113th-congress

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  6. whungerford says:

    At the right-hand side of the blog page is a box for searching by keyword. Searching for “security” turns up a number of interesting “New NY 23rd” articles on Social Security.

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  7. josephurban says:

    The Social Security fix is simple. Slight raise in FICA tax. FICA Tax on ALL income. Means test benefits. This is not brain surgery. It could have been done years ago.

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  8. Anne says:

    Tom does seem to have rather a casual relationship with the truth, doesn’t he?

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