New Issues for Tom’s Town Halls?

Rep. Tom Reed announced his next round of Town Hall Meetings for this Saturday, April 1st. It looks like Team Reed has worked on improving the Town Hall venues. Instead of standing outdoor in a muddy field and have Reed and the crowd using Bull Horns to communicate, three of his four April Fool’s Day meetings are in Schools (Tioga Centra School in Tioga Center 8:30-9:30, Broadway Academy in Elmira 11:00-12:00, and Avoca High School in Avoca 3:30-4:30). The other meeting is in a good size Fire Department meeting room (Tyrone 1:30-2:30).


Rep. Reed’s recent Town Hall meetings focused a lot on Health Care.  I went to the Manchester Town Hall in March. Health Care  was the first topic discussed and took probably more than half  of the scheduled meeting. At that point members of the audience vocally began to try to change the subject. The rest of he meeting quickly went through Trump’s taxes, Russia, the EPA, immigration and other topics.

With the Health Care off the burners (for now) what will be the central topics of next Saturday’s meetings?

A group from Chautauqua County voiced their concerns for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative losing funding if H.R 861 is passed. The Chautauqua County Legislature passed  a resolution unanimously to inform Rep. Reed, Sen. Schumer and Sen Gillibrand that they oppose “any funding cuts to GLRI included in H.R. 861 or any other future attempts to cut this essential funding”. Trump’s Budget cuts the EPA budget by 31%, and the GLRI is set to lose $300 million in annual funding. (The second article has a link to the resolution). Pressure could be placed on Rep. Reed to support this environmental important project, and others, since it directly affects parts of our district.

Another proposed law has caught my attention.  House bill, H.R. 1313 “would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information.” STATNews. com. The bill would reverse the 2008 genetic privacy act.  Again, a question about this at any, or all of Saturday’s meetings will informed the other attendees and put our Congressman on notice that we are watching what he does.

Share other issues/proposals that you are concerned about. The more we know, the more we can share at the the meetings.


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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6 Responses to New Issues for Tom’s Town Halls?

  1. whungerford says:

    The next big issue may be so-called tax reform. Most likely what Reed has in mind is more tax cuts for the rich and super rich. If possible, we need him to explain what he has in mind.


  2. Ellen Agnello says:

    I agree. Tax breaks for the rich were really the guiding force behind the Trumpcare debacle. I also think that the Russia connection/conflicts of interest should be the number one priority now since it affects all of the upcoming agenda.


  3. Steve Beikirch says:

    I plan on asking Reed if he supports Trump sending his ICE deportation force out to harass undocumented people in sanctuary cities.

    I just learned about an incident which took place a few days ago in Geneseo. An undocumented woman from Guatemala was taken into custody by ICE agents after a minor traffic stop by Geneseo police. The local police stopped the woman and detained her until ICE agents arrived several hours later. In the car the woman had her two infant children. While the woman was detained by the police she was separated from her children. Both these children were born in the U.S. From what I’ve heard this woman has been in the U.S. for several years and is working at a local dairy.


  4. whungerford says:

    The progressive income tax, marginal tax rates rise with income, is at the core of our tax system. Fair tax, flat tax, and similar proposals are highly regressive–they would accelerate the gap between super rich and poverty stricken in America.


  5. whungerford says:

    This incident, and similar incidents around the country are appalling. If any government function is to be defunded, the ICE thugs should be at the top of the list.


  6. Rynstone says:

    What you are saying is that although this woman appears to be an illegal alien (or an illegal immigrant) who may have entered the country illegally and is apparently now in the country illegally she should not be held accountable in some manner for violating this immigration law?
    She is breaking an immigration law. I have family members who are married to legal immigrants who became US citizens and have ,many friends who are legal immigrants and many are now US citizens.
    A country is defined by it’s borders, culture and language.
    Unlike immigration in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the current majority of illegal immigrants do not seem interested in assimilating into the American culture of the great melting pot.
    If we allow anybody and everybody to come to the US the US will quickly become like the many places these people came from.


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