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  • With Revenue Addressed, the Larger Answer Lies in Spending Cuts and Jobs
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 9, 2013 | Preview rr

    By Rep. Tom Reed Last week Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 to avoid the much-hyped “fiscal cliff.” I ran and was elected on a pledge to taxpayers that I would not raise taxes, and this act secured permanent income tax cuts for 99 percent of our district, while the one percent tax levels remained at the level the law required. I believe Americans can make better spending decisions with their money than people in Washington can. Therefore, I voted to protect as many famil... Read more

  • Focus on Spending and Solutions, Not Taxes and Blame
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 18, 2012 | Preview rr

    By Rep. Tom Reed The edge of the fiscal cliff is in sight. Unless action is taken, all Americans – from those in the lowest tax bracket to those in the highest tax bracket – will see income rate tax increases. Much attention is being paid to tax rates, but changing tax rates as proposed does nothing but throw pennies at the multiple crises upon us. Increasing taxes is not a long-term solution and it gives Americans a false sense of security that somehow the crises have been resolved. In 2011, t... Read more

  • Text of letter from Congressman Reed to President Obama. The letter was co-signed by 64 other Members of Congress.
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 20, 2011 | Preview rr

    July 18, 2011 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President, The nation’s spending is out of control. This is clearly evidenced by the necessity of your request to increase our nation’s debt limit. This step became necessary because - quite simply - we have become accustomed to a pattern of massive borrowing for spending rather than responsible budgeting. It is regrettable that we have reached this point, but the time for blame is ... Read more

  • We Must Be Honest With the American People
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 5, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Ensuring Access to Health Care

    There is much discussion in the media and pundit circles urging Republicans to distance themselves from reforming entitlements. “Learn the lesson,” they tell us. “If you do not stop talking about Medicare you will not get re-elected.” Addressing the solvency of Medicare is not easy. The truth of the matter, according to the Medicare trustees themselves, is that Medicare is on an unsustainable path to bankruptcy. Their most recent projection is that Medicare will be bankrupt by 2024. Even the New... Read more

  • New York - and America - can profit from 'fracking' Marcellus Shale
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 15, 2011 | Preview rr

    It's no secret that we live in challenging times. Many sectors of our economy continue to struggle and our dependence on foreign energy sources continues to grow. However, there is some good news. Responsible development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas field has tremendous potential to help meet both of these challenges, and many, many more. In 2009, the production of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania had an economic output of more than $3.8 billion, and generated more than $400 million in stat... Read more

  • Washington needs to listen to real America
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 22, 2011 | Preview rr

    We have all learned the background on the appalling situation that has played out along the Mexican border with regard to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and Mexican drug cartel operatives making large-scale purchases of weapons in the United States. This was a case of based bureaucrats making decisions that field agents, local law enforcement, and even gun shop owners worried might come back to haunt us. It did just that when one of those weapons allegedly killed an American... Read more

  • Reed: Infrastructure Critical to Economy
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 7, 2011 | Preview rr

    Transportation Investments, Safety Record Are Legitimate Uses of Dollars Everyone understands the reality that the federal government is operating in the midst of a debt-driven crisis. Every dollar we spend must be closely examined in terms of effectiveness. Taxpayers rightly demand and deserve a good return on their investments. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has a direct effect on the entire nation. Whether it be planes, roads, bridges, mass transit or railroads, every taxpaye... Read more

  • After Historic Continuing Resolution, We Must Have the Courage to Reform Entitlements
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 17, 2011 | Preview rr

    This past week history was made in Washington. Because there was no budget passed last year, government operation is being funded by temporary spending resolutions. The spending resolution debated this week represented the largest savings in history: more than $100 billion. This is real money saved and is $100 billion less piled onto the national debt. Also, this resolution was debated by what is known as an open rule – a process that allows for an open and vigorous debate and opportunity for a... Read more

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