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  • Reed Urges Constituents to Take Advantage of Federal Free File Opportunities at Tax Time
    Posted in Press Releases on February 19, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Tax Reform

    Rep. Tom Reed is urging taxpayers to take advantage of a free program to prepare and file federal tax returns online this tax season. The Free File program is open to all constituents with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less. Qualified individuals can visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost. “With a tax code of more than 70,000 pages, any assistance at tax time to help navigate the code is welcome,” Reed said. “I encourage constituents t... Read more

  • Reed: More to Be Spent on Debt Interest than Defense, Social Security
    Posted in Press Releases on February 17, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Rep. Tom Reed today highlighted Congress’ recent failure to hold the line on the national debt and in turn, the interest payment on the debt which is set to quadruple within the decade. Reed opposed the clean debt limit increase Congress passed last week, saying a glance at the country’s interest payment on debt alone is enough to crush the next generation. “Raising the debt ceiling without any reductions or reforms simply increases spending and increases our debt – irresponsible moves I cannot ... Read more

  • Reed on CBO Report: Fewer Jobs, Fewer Insured Because of Obamacare
    Posted in Press Releases on February 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Rep. Tom Reed says the CBO report out of Washington is bringing more bad news about the health care law which is already struggling to deliver on its promises. The recent report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found the law’s negative effects on employment and the economy to be “substantially larger” than what it had previously projected. Reed highlighted three of the largest, most damaging points from the report. “Most shockingly,” Reed said, “the report found Obamacare ... Read more

  • Reed Sees Opportunity for Expanding American Trade through Market Access Program
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Rep. Tom Reed sees an opportunity for New York farmers to expand their trade markets through steady funding of the Market Access Program (MAP) in the final Farm Bill expected to be signed into law this week. Reed says the Market Access Program is set up to help New York farmers and producers gain access to new markets and stay competitive through increased promotion around the globe. “Helping to connect more Southern Tier and Finger Lakes farmers and exporters to new markets for trade will incre... Read more

  • Rep. Reed Highlights Washington Waste: Tens of Thousands Spent on Miniature Doll Museum
    Posted in Press Releases on February 7, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Rep. Tom Reed today highlighted more than $40,000 of taxpayer dollars spent on a Denver museum of miniature dolls and toys. The $40,810 federal grant given to the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys will help to create an inventory of its collection. “When we see real examples of the kinds of projects Washington is spending taxpayer dollars on, it’s easy to see why the country is $17 trillion in debt,” Reed said. “At a time when many taxpayers have seen their hours and wages cut, $40,000... Read more

  • What we did – and didn’t hear – in the President’s State of the Union
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 6, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    All too often in State of the Union addresses we hear a political agenda for the party in control of the White House and not much else. In a divided government though, that’s not a blueprint for action, it’s a blueprint for more of the same gridlock in Washington. A “my way or the highway” attitude from the President won’t cut it. The President called for a “year of action” in his annual address. For this year to be any different – for our country to move forward – we have to be realistic about ... Read more

  • Reed: Increased Food Bank Support Helps Care for Families, Neighbors
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy and Jobs

    The recently passed Farm Bill includes a $205 million increase for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), an important program Rep. Tom Reed is pleased to see increased support for in the final Farm Bill expected to be signed into law this week. Reed says the funding will help distribute food to local food banks, pantries and meal programs in New York. “Feeding the hungry is one of the ways in which we care for our neighbors, and it is encouraging to see increased assistance for local fo... Read more

  • REED SUPPORTS SPORTSMEN’S HERITAGE AND RECREATIONAL ENHANCEMENT ACT
    Posted in Press Releases on February 5, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Rep. Tom Reed voted Wednesday in support of the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, a bipartisan package of eight bills designed to protect and promote America’s hunting and fishing traditions. Reed is a co-sponsor of the legislation introduced by Rep. Bob Latta of Ohio to protect jobs and preserve the recreation industry. “Caring for our public lands and protecting rights of sportsmen and access for everyone is the right and fair thing to do,” Reed said. “Collectively... Read more

  • Reed Presses for Reauthorization of Older Americans Act
    Posted in Press Releases on February 3, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care

    Rep. Tom Reed is making a push in Washington for Congress to pass the Older Americans Act, a five year, long-term reauthorization of nutrition, transportation and community programs for senior citizens. Reed joined with Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Betty McCollum (D-MN) on the bipartisan reauthorization bill. “The drive for this bill comes from recent discussions we’ve been having in the district about priorities,” Reed said. “With such a significant senior citizen population in our area, we ne... Read more

  • Reed on Propane Price Spike: Energy Development would Alleviate Burden on Homeowners
    Posted in Press Releases on January 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs

    Rep. Tom Reed addressed the record-high propane prices and called on state and national leaders to strengthen energy development to bring relief to homeowners. A serious propane shortage in the region has led the price of propane in New York to skyrocket from $2.80 per gallon in October 2013 to $3.80 per gallon last week, a record high for New York. Reed says more needs to be done in New York to strengthen energy development and infrastructure to mitigate the resource shortage and resulting pric... Read more