Rep. Tom Reed, in an October 6 Facebook post, reported that #TeamReed (aka his staff) had attended Domestic Violence Awareness Month events in Jamestown and Elmira. He also reported that “We recently pushed for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and are working to expand it beyond the new December 7 threshold”.
Rep. Reed has had an interesting history with the Violence Against Women Act. In 2012, he supported the House version of the VAWA which did not protect women who were Native Americans, members of the LGBTQ Community, or Immigrants. That bill passed the GOP controlled House, but not the Senate.
The 2013 version of the VAWA did protected those three groups. It was passed by both the House and the Senate, and was signed into law. Rep. Reed, and six others, refused to vote one way or the other on that bill. Reed never voted for the present VAWA. Now, less than a month before the election he wants us to believe that he supports it. Why are the Republican leaders scheduling the vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act after the election?
In 2013, Tom missed the VAWA vote because of elective surgery; he said he would have voted in favor had he been present. This bill passed even though a majority of Republicans voted NO. Ray Copson’s 2013 article has a link to the recorded vote.
These comments were posted on an article written by Ray Copson on VAWA:
March 7, 2013 at 7:00 am
I think we should give Rep. Reed credit for his stated support of the VAWA. This represents a welcome change in his thinking whatever his motivation. Rep. Reed did explain his view on VAWA, and that too is also welcome. Rep. Reed recently offered to keep his constituents informed of developments in the Capitol, and it would be good if he would keep that promise. It would be especially good if he would explain his honest opinion rather than GOP talking points.
September 12, 2018 at 3:07 pm
I have been observing this guy for years. Reed disappears as soon as he is re-elected. Then he votes for 1.5 years according to the radical right wing and corporate agendas. Then election time draws near. And a different Reed emerges. Like a beautiful butterfly emerging from what was once an ugly caterpillar. He is temporarily transformed into a “moderate”. Until the day after the election. Then it is back to the larvae stage. Don’t be fooled.
Subsequent events have proved me wrong; Joseph Urban had it right.