Campaign 2010

Sep 27, 2013

Congressman Reed Scrambles to Cover His Tracks

Congressman Tom Reed is scrambling to cover his tracks today after he voted for a measure last week that now has the country hurtling toward a government shutdown. Congressman Reed turned to a pathetic political maneuver to confuse his constituents about his vote to shut down the government by introducing a Continuing Resolution that he knows has no chance of passing or fixing the shutdown mess that he voted to create. 

“Once again Congressman Tom Reed is scrambling to react to a crises he created himself, and this time it’s one that could result in a government shutdown that will hurt millions of hardworking families,” said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Congressman Reed’s bogus political scheme is designed to confuse his constituents about how he already voted for a measure that could shut down the government and he knows it will do nothing to protect New Yorkers from the looming disaster that is his own doing.  Time is running out for thousands of New York jobs, and all Congressman Reed can do is employ phony political maneuvers to distract voters from the economic disaster he created.” 

BACKGROUND:

Congressmen Reed Voted for a Continuing Resolutions Bill That Would “Likely Result” in a Government Shutdown. In 2013, Congressmen Reed voted for a Continuing Resolution that the Associated Press reported would “likely result” in the shutdown of the federal government. According to the New York Times: “After three years of cajoling, finessing and occasionally strong-arming his fitful conservative majority, Speaker John A. Boehner waved the white flag on Wednesday, surrendering to demands from his right flank that he tie money to keep the government open after Sept. 30 to stripping President Obama’s health care law of any financing. […] The House’s stopgap spending measure would finance the government through Dec. 15 at the current spending levels, which reflect the automatic spending cuts that took effect in March, known as sequestration, while blocking the health care law, under which the uninsured will be enrolled beginning on Oct. 1.” [HJ RES. 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; Associated Press, 8/23/13; New York Times, 9/18/13]

Congressman Reed Proposed Continuing Resolution that Delayed Obamacare for one Year. “Congressman Tom Reed is set to introduce his own continuing resolution to strip any Obamacare exemption language for Members of Congress, congressional staff, and the Executive branch; implement a one-year delay of the President’s health care law; and keep the government funded and in operation.” [Congressman Tom Reed Press Release, 9/26/13]

  • Romney: Delay is “Better Way of Getting Rid of Obamacare.” “But, Romney adds, ‘I think there's a better way of getting rid of Obamacare - my own view - and that is, one, delaying it by at least a year.’” [CNN, 9/27/13]

Obama “Would not Negotiate Delays” To Health Care Law. “‘The closer we’ve gotten to this date, the more irresponsible people opposed to this law have become […] The Affordable Care Act is here to stay,’ Obama said, stressing that he would not negotiate delays or other changes to the law as part of budget talks or the debt-ceiling process.” [Washington Post, 9/25/13]

Senate Majority Leader Reid: “The Senate will not Pass Any Bill that Defunds or Delays Obamacare.” “Republicans are simply postponing for a few days the inevitable choice they must face: pass a clean bill to fund the government, or force a shutdown. I have said it before but it seems to bear repeating: the Senate will not pass any bill that defunds or delays Obamacare.” [Senator Harry Reid Press Release, 9/20/13]