H.R.38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

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The House is expected to vote today on H.R.38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. Here is the CRS summary, which may not be up to date:

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

The above summary may not be up to date. CNN reports:

The bill (H.R.38) is a top priority of the National Rifle Association, and since leaving committee it has been combined with an additional measure that is designed to update the federal background check system after holes were exposed by November’s mass shooting at a church in Texas.

Rep. Reed is a cosponsor. Have we learned anything from experience with firearm violence? Not much yet, evidently. Why link needed improvements to background checks with a bill to loosen firearm regulations? Why weaken regulations restricting handguns in school zones?



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Problem solvers address infrastructure

riponOur mission is to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s most pressing issues, which include making drastic improvements to our infrastructure. –Rep. Tom Reed.

LaHood and Rendell stressed the need for solid infrastructure funding.

He (LaHood) added, “We can’t rebuild America unless we have funding and that starts with raising the gas tax.”

Does Tom Reed now agree raising the gas tax is necessary, one wonders?


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Tom Reed’s Dec. 1 facebook cover image

Dec 2017 cover.jpg

What’s the message here? The message in the central panel is clear–Tom, the responsible politician, is at ease with constituents from other walks of life. But the message of the side panels is obscure.

The image appears professionally done, perhaps by Red Print Strategy, an agency which Tom has used previously. The worker on the right, appears to be a carefully attired actor–I worked in factories for years, but don’t remember seeing such carefully pressed work clothes on anyone. Expensive, every feature of this image must make a point.

The side panels show Tom addressing town hall meetings, many which have been unruly of late. They can’t be intended to suggest that Tom listens to his constituents at those meetings, a suggestion which he has himself denied. If that were the case, why would they be grayed out?

The side images contrast with the central image in several ways:

  • Dim vs. bright.
  • Casually dressed constituents vs. an impeccably dressed factory worker.
  • Tom looking grim vs. Tom with a broad smile.

I think this is the message:

Tom is at ease with constituents who are quiet and respectful, but opposes and rejects the strident views of those attending his meetings.

Will this message play well in NY-23? I think it will, and we should expect much more professional advertising promoting Tom Reed.


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We need a representative who doesn’t try to turn us against each other.

This article was submitted by a Southern Tier Patriot .

bipartisanI write this to you as a former Republican who believes that the politics of our communities are more about involvement than division. What we need in Congress now is someone who will represent us in Congress, stand up for all of our communities. We don’t need someone that tries to divide us by saying that we are left and right. Or that somehow our concerns as constituents are only worthy to our geographic location and their election. The idea that somehow someone can play politics with our tax dollars is what is wrong with this equation.

Let me also say this. Someone who condemns us to an existence of poverty in the name of special interests does not represent us, and has no business in Congress other than the business of special interests.

While Congress debates on whether working people are worthy of tax increases in the name of distributing our wealth to those who pay for access instead of voting. It is our civic duty to stay involved, because the idea that somehow out of state donors and those who pay can control the process over those represented is unamerican.

Rigging the Market in the name of monopolies like this tax bill will do is going to bring about another era of robber barons and company towns. An era our predecessors fought so hard to defeat because you are not empowering individuals by saying that the market is free yet rigging it for the largest contributors. It is not a free market when you have elected representatives putting into law that Corporation A gets a check from the government while businesses on places like Corning’s Market Street hurt or Elmira’s Water Street hurt is not standing up for our communities. This has nothing to do with the free market and everything to do with crony capitalism, and its not Republican or Democrat to oppose that in the name of a market that is competitive it is American.

My family fled communism and the idea that somehow demanding that the government doesn’t rig the market is somehow a left idea is just rhetoric topped on politics. This is going to hurt the Southern Tier, Appalachia, our State and rural communities across this state. No one special interest has a right to buy our elected officials, thats not our Southern Tier, or our America. This is not a Republican-Democrat fight.


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What he didn’t say


Sexual harassment in the workplace is unacceptable. I’m proud to support this legislation tomorrow.–Tom Reed

The legislation requires members of Congress and staff to complete mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training during each session of Congress.

Reed said he believes there has been a shift in the culture when it comes to sexual harassment. He said he wants to stand “on the side of victims” and wants to make sure “their voices are heard.”–reported by Katrina Fuller, Post-Journal

But what Tom Reed didn’t say:

  • He didn’t say those with complaints should be protected from retaliation.
  • He didn’t say the Treasury shouldn’t pay for settlements.
  • He didn’t say he opposed non-disclosure agreements.
  • He didn’t say ethics complaints should be made public.

H.R.4155 (CRS Summary): “Congressional Sexual Harassment Training Act”

This bill amends the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to require each employing office under the Act to ensure that its covered employees enroll in the Office of Compliance’s program of education that informs employees of the rights provided under the Act against sexual harassment: (1) within 60 days after first becoming an employee; (2) for existing employees, within 90 days after enactment of this bill; and (3) every two years.

Reed joins the choir with too little too late.

One thing is clear–members of Congress sleeping in their offices is wrong.



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Dear Supporter,


Dear Supporter,

Thank you for supporting my campaign. I truly appreciate your friendship and your support. It was only with your help that I am able to represent the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York today.

Here is what we have accomplished so far:

  • I made $174,000 annually for part time work for seven years now.
  • I was rewarded for unquestioned party loyalty with a place on the W&M committee.
  • I claimed to be bipartisan, caring, responsible, and you bought it.
  • I made a name for myself with TV appearances.
  • I enjoyed four vacation trips with my wife paid for by others: Israel, Prague, London, Berlin.
  • I kept my bill collecting business viable by working to destroy Obamacare.
  • I made my business more profitable by working to reduce business taxes.
  • I raised millions in political contributions.
  • I handily defeated my opponents, Democrats and Republicans.

Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and Elizabeth Warren are working hard to defeat our efforts to promote jobs and prosperity with tax cuts for wealthy individuals and profitable corporations. That’s why you need to support me, should I choose to run for reelection.

I appreciate the trust you have placed in me as I fight for our values in Washington, but I need your support. Anything you give will help my campaign immensely in the months to come. And if I should choose not to run again, I promise to find a way to pocket that money.


Your representative



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