A look at Rep. Reed’s Proposed Bills

Members of congress exists in two different cultures–the Washington DC political culture, often described as ‘Inside the Beltway’ and their congressional district culture. A successful representatives satisfies the needs of both.

When in DC our congressman, Tom Reed, bounces between following the GOP leadership (John Boehner/Paul Ryan) and extreme Tea Party leadership (Carl Palidino). The GOP took over the House of Representatives during the 2010 election (officially Rep. Reed became a representative right after the election in November, 2010) and we saw:

  • an opposition to raising the debt ceiling (not paying our bills) with lowered our Country’s Credit Rating for the first time since World War 2
  • the closing of the government
  • The fate of our neediest, our schools, and our military was hog-tied by the sequester

Our congress earned record negative ratings by:

The House refused to discuss (and vote on)

  • gun safety measures
  • our war with ISIS
  • revamping immigration
  • climate change

The GOP’s economic programs

  • increased the power of corporations and Wall Street
  • refused to raise the federal minimum wage
  • negatively affected the benefits to the middle and lower classes of our society

Following the Inside the DC Beltway GOP Agenda, brings Rep. Reed the funds needed to campaign. As of August 22, 2016, PACs has brought in over $1.5 million to his campaign coffers for this election (Center for Responsive Politics).

When in the NY 23rd, Rep. Reed realizes that he needs to impress his constituents. He tricksproposes legislation that sounds like it would benefit many NY23rd-ers. The following is a sample of Rep. Reed’s proposed bills of 2015. The problem is they do not fit in the Republican platform. All were referred to (GOP lead) committee(s) and none have gotten out of the committee. None have been voted on by the House members. (Please note that I picked 2015 examples instead of 2016 examples because they they have been sitting in the committee for around a whole year.)

to see the whole list of Rep. Reed’s proposed bills follow this link.

Rep. Reed is using these feel good proposals to impress the voters that “he cares”, and to conceal his votes that shows that he doesn’t.

Shame on us if we are duped into re-electing the him this November.

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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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One Response to A look at Rep. Reed’s Proposed Bills

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    From the most idiotic to the most important – I’ve yet to hear Tom Reed give any opinion on the so called LGBTQ “bathroom issue” , The refusal of the GOP to even talk with Obama’s appointment of Merrick Garland for the SOTUS is never broached by Tom Reed. Reed’s approval and advertising of the GOP ” Better Way” means he supports Speaker Ryan’s keeping sequester funding in place and cutting government services even deeper. Reed would undoubtedly vote for that.
    Tom Reed’s questioning on the House of the IRS “scandalous” officials with promises to get to the bottom of the who, when and why, led to nothing to show for his blatant grandstanding except the wasted taxpayer’s money.

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