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.