“The Problem Solvers Caucus is maybe the last hope for what we can do to break the gridlock here,” Reed stated. “As a voting bloc, we’ve now gone to Problem Solvers Caucus 2.0, where we weeded out the folks that were just talking the talk. We had some members previously who would come and maybe not even come, but back in their districts all of a sudden they were the ‘Problem Solvers Members of the Year’ in their campaigns. And I’m like, ‘Wow, I never saw you at any of the coffees.’ At the end of the day, we weeded it down to get members who want to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk.”
“We implemented in our bylaws amendments to get a voting bloc put together when we get to a consensus position. We’ve locked arms with each other and we’ll vote together. As we learned from our friends in the Freedom Caucus — and give them the credit that’s due to them – when they vote as a bloc, they can influence this place. One of the things we’re trying to do is be an antidote to that in regards to making sure we’re governing for the American people — that we’re not having shutdowns, we’re not having debt ceiling crises, and we’re advancing the American agenda when it comes to tax reform and infrastructure.”
- Not threatening shutdowns
- Not raising a fuss over raising the debt ceiling
- advancing the American agenda when it comes to tax reform and infrastructure.
If true, that would be a very different Tom Reed than the one we knew during the Obama Administration.
Reed doesn’t define the American agenda–I suspect it is the same old penny pinching agenda of the “Party of the Rich.”
The Ripon Society is named after Ripon, Wisconsin where some say the Republican Party was founded. If that party deteriorates further, they may want to stop bragging about it.
As I have said elsewhere, Reed is softening his hard line.
Reed does nothing without a reason.
My opinion? He is expanding his options as the Trump Train derails.
It is always and ever about getting reelected.
Finger Lakes Times 8/1/2017
Page 1 Headline “Reed, bipartisan caucus push ACA fixes”
3 columns on front page, 2 columns on page 7
NPR – All Things Considered 7/31/2017
Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Seeks Common Ground On Health Care
Tom Reed is mentioned several times
Centrist lawmakers plot bipartisan health care stabilization bill
Tom Reed is mentioned often and favorably
and there are others…
lots and lots of free publicity
Finger Lakes Times August 2, 2017
Reed supports Collins’ gun bill.
and the beat goes on…
I have see Democrats state that once a challenger to Reed is chosen next July, the campaign can get under way.
Reed did not get the memo.
He is campaigning now.
The results can be predicted.
NY Times 8/4/2017
Let’s Stop the Bickering and Fix the Health Care System
co-authored by Tom Reed and Josh Gottheimer
The Beat Goes On…….