Location: WROC-TV (Channel 8) studio, Rochester, NY
Participants: NY 23rd Congressional Candidate John Plumb, Rep. Tom Reed, and WROC-TV reporter Allison Warren
Event: Plumb and Reed met with Warren separately to discuss National Security. Follow this link to see the 2:21 minute segment and/or read the full article.
The conflict: John Plumb implied that Rep. Reed voted to shut down the Department of Homeland Security:
“I certainly wouldn’t vote to shut down the Department of Homeland Security,” Plumb said. “If you have concerns with the way it’s working, let’s make it better, but defunding it only makes us less safe.
Rep. Reed denied voting to shut it down:
“I’m not aware of any votes where we voted to shut anything down, so I’ll let my opponent speak for the accusations and attacks that he may try to raise out of his D.C. style,” said Reed.
- In October 2014, Congress and President Obama agreed on a tentative two year budget, but the Department of Homeland Security was not included.
- They still needed to negotiate the DHS budget. They set February 28, 2015 as the deadline for an agreement.
- On February 27, the Senate approved funding the Department of Homeland Security , 68-31. House Speaker Boehner decided to continue to discuss the issue instead of taking a vote. The House and President agreed to extend the deadline to March 6.
- On March 3 the House approved “Making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes” (H.R. 240, Roll Call Vote Number 109 of 2015). The vote was 257-166.
- Rep. Reed voted NAY; he voted NOT TO APPROPRIATE funds for the Department of Homeland Security.
- If H.R. 240 was defeated DHS would need to shut down their operations.
Congressman Reed was involved with the government shutdown during budget negotiations. He stands by his opinion there needs to be changes in spending, but says there was no vote to specifically shut down the DHS.
Reed is playing word games. H.R. 240 didn’t literally say that Homeland Security would shut down if the funds were denied, but the whole government realized the importance of this bill.
Rep. Reed should explain his thinking on this vote.