What Tom Reed disliked in the budget

policiesThere are many victories in this proposal. It moves the ball forward in that it continues us on a path of reducing the budget deficit and authorizes less spending in FY 2015 than the agreed upon cap in the Murray-Ryan Budget Control Act. The package is far from perfect and I do not agree with everything in it, but it cuts spending, advances a number of energy policies, contains no new spending for Obamacare, and protects and creates jobs by including my Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act. On balance it is a victory for taxpayers.–Rep. Tom Reed

So what are the flaws in the bill that Tom says he dislikes?

  • While Reed was supportive of the measure’s balance, he would have liked to have seen spending levels even lower.
  • The bill does nothing to address the lack of funding for federal highway repairs and construction.
  • Reed was also hoping to see more “flexibility” to allow states or local agencies to make changes to social welfare programs.
  • As for political contributions, he said while he doesn’t support waiving the limits, he is happy that taxpayers are no longer funding political conventions.

Calling for lower spending without saying what he would cut leaves Tom’s constituents wondering what he means. What sort of flexibility he would give states is also a mystery.

© William Hungerford – December 2014



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2 Responses to What Tom Reed disliked in the budget

  1. pystew says:

    The budget is a victory for Wall Street and Industrial CEOs–not taxpayers. Having Wall Street able to risk billions and have the taxpayers reimburse them if they lose is not a plus for taxpayers. Having the regulations weakened is great for the CEOs but not for the rest of us…including taxpayers. Reed is always saying what helps Reed.


  2. whungerford says:

    Tom pointedly said there were things in CRomnibus he disliked, but didn’t say what they were. It is astute politics to lead his readers to assume that his dislikes and theirs correspond. When he did get specific in the Corning Leader article, his list of dislikes turned out to be short.


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