Rep. 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 In addition, it repealed the 2011 spending sequester process, which contained automatic cuts to many seniors programs.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.
- 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.