It's over....for a while, anyway. The House joined the Senate Wednesday in voting to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. However, Congressman Tom Reed was one of the 144 lawmakers that voted against the bill to reopen Washington.
In a statement, Reed said,
“The 23rd district of New York did not send me to Washington to support the status quo of government by crisis. This country needs a long-term solution that stops the endless cycle of crises and kicking the can down the road. Enough is enough. We cannot keep borrowing to cover uncontrolled spending without jeopardizing our children and grandchildren’s future. No one wants a default but that is exactly what will happen sooner or later if we do not deal with this problem. I will work tirelessly in support of a long-term solution before the next crisis dates looming just three months away. Our country deserves real solutions and I offer my ‘Honest Proposal.’”
Martha Robertson's Campaign released a statement on Reed’s vote:
“Congressman Tom Reed’s refusal to support the bi-partisan resolution to reopen the government and avoid a default shows that he is willing to tow the Tea Party line at all costs, even when the well-being of Veterans, senior citizens, and the entire economy is at risk.
“Not only did Congressman Reed vote four times to shut down the government and vote 17 times to refuse to reopen the government, he has also repeatedly rejected the efforts of his fellow Republicans in both the Senate and House to avoid a default and reopen the government.
“Although Congressman Reed tries to pose as a moderate while in New York, his actions tell a different story. His obstructionism in the face of this crisis is reckless and irresponsible, and shows his willingness to put the extreme ideology of the Tea Party ahead of the U.S. economy and his constituents."