Reed tries to justify anti-Veteran Votes

The New NY 23rd has shown examples where Rep. Tom Reed actions in our district does not match his voting record in Washington.

  • Most recently (August 28) it was pointed out in “A look at Rep. Reed’s Proposed Bills” which summarized his votes that cuts funding for services that are important to NY23rd-ers, and lists his proposed, but never enacted, bills that are suppose to benefit his constituents.
  • We spotlighted his non-funding of Homeland Security vote in early August.
  • Another August article about Reed voting against AMTRAK  funding and trying to take credit for a NY 23rd Train Manufacture getting federal funding that would hire 400 workers.
  • In January we posted “Rep. Reed’s Changing Stance on Refugees“in which it was explained that he told a Phelps Town Hall audience that ““I’m not going to say to one population we’re going to close all the  borders to you.” and then five days later hi voted to do just that.

The list could go on.

On Friday, September 16 the Canandaigua Daily  Messenger had an article about John Plumb accusing Reed of “repeatedly voted to underfund programs designed to improve veterans’ treatment and health care.” Plumb sites examples to back up his claims:

  • an April 2015 vote for a VA appropriations bill that would underfund the VA and impact veterans’ health care, medical research, education, and cemeteries by more than $1 billion
  • also in  April 2015 Reed voted against a motion that would have added $15 million to VA funding for veterans’ medical services. The motion failed 181 to 236, with Reed among those voting no
  • a June 20, 2014 measure, Plumb accused Reed of voting against a motion to increase funds for military healthcare by $10 million, $5 million to decrease the veterans’ claims backlog, and another $5 million for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder

veterans-dayWhat surprised me was that Reed’s campaign did not refute the specific accusations, but tried to justify them by saying that Reed had “daily contact with Veterans” and points to his VA Clinics and the work that his Constituent Services provides to Veterans.

When Reed is actually in the district (which increases right around election time) he often reminds us that “He Cares” about us. When Reed is inside the DC Beltway his votes shows that he cares about the GOP Leaders, and follows their voting orders.  John Plumb points that out, and  Reed’s campaign confirms it. It seems to be part of Reed’s regular method of operations.

The Voters should remember that on November 8.

Follow this link for an earlier article about Rep. Reed’s earlier Veteran Votes


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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2 Responses to Reed tries to justify anti-Veteran Votes

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Thank you for more information regarding to Rep. Tom Reed’s rhetoric vesus his voting record. Tom Reed’s main hopes for reelection appear to be wooing 2nd Amendment (all guns for all!) groups, and veterans. His campaign Facebook page has many pro-veteran and pro-military memes and posts; his official Facebook page has a cover that shows Reed with military and Veteran’s group affiliations. Reed loves to trade on his father’s military record as though he’s stealing the valor..(not unlike Trump accepting a Purple Heart for no service). Medals and honors are for those who served, but Tom Reed claims he “fights” for vets, then keeps voting against those who served as his father did. .


  2. Aretha says:

    It amazes me that there are so many Vets that will back the Republican platform of Trump, to which Reed endorses, that states a promise of rebuilding our deplorable military of today ( what’s wrong with our military, we have the strongest in the world). Since Reed endorses Trump, he must also be for torture beyond waterboarding, doesn’t think that captured military personnel are war heroes, and is ready to fire half of our generals. There is something wrong with someone who supports these views


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