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  • Reed: Disabled Vets will Get Full Pension under House Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on January 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Rep. Tom Reed announced Wednesday that the House-passed consolidated appropriations act includes a provision that gives veterans who retired for medical reasons their full pension without reduction. Reed advocated for the fix in reaction to a provision in the Ryan-Murray budget agreement that impacted the annual cost-of-living adjustment for military retirees. Reed also co-sponsored legislation preventing that reduction in benefits. “It is right and fair that our disabled veterans – those who ga... Read more

  • REED PARTNERS WITH VETERANS’ AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO RESTORE FULL COLA BENEFITS FOR VETERANS
    Posted in Press Releases on January 13, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Rep. Tom Reed announced Monday his co-sponsorship of a key bill to restore full cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) benefits for military retirees. Reed worked with Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, on the measure to ensure veterans do not see a decrease in their annual benefits beginning in 2016. “Veterans should not have to worry about a reduction in benefits from one year to the next,” Rep. Reed said. “Spending cuts should instead focus on the real drivers o... Read more

  • Protecting Our Military and Veterans from a Government Shutdown
    Posted in Op-Eds on September 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    In just a few days the current fiscal year ends and unless the Senate passes a continuing resolution to keep the government open, we will face a government shutdown. If the Senate takes up and passes the House-approved bill, a shutdown would be avoided and our military and veterans would continue to receive their pay and services as they should. Unfortunately that scenario is far from certain. With so many variables in the days ahead, my focus right now is ensuring pay continues for our military... Read more

  • Rep. Reed Wants Veterans, Seniors Protected If Shutdown Occurs
    Posted in Press Releases on September 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Ensuring Access to Health Care, Veterans

    With a week left for the Senate to act to avoid a government shutdown, Rep. Reed is taking proactive steps to ensure military men and women and seniors are secured from a shutdown’s impact. Reed has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives, the Pay Our Veterans and Seniors First Act, to pay veterans and seniors while forfeiting pay for Congress and the President in the event of a government shutdown. “Our bill rightly puts our service men and women and seniors above Congress and the Pre... Read more

  • CONGRESSMAN TOM REED INTRODUCES “PAY OUR VETERANS AND SENIORS FIRST ACT”
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Veterans

    Congressman Tom Reed introduced a bill Thursday in the House of Representatives that will forfeit pay for Members of Congress and the Administration should a government shutdown occur. Reed’s Pay Our Veterans and Seniors First Act requires that in the event of a government shutdown, military men and women and seniors are secured from a shutdown’s impact. “Congress must act now to ensure our seniors and troops receive their pay in the event of a government shutdown,” Reed said. “With the clock ti... Read more

  • Rep. Tom Reed: End VA Claims Backlog
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Rep. Tom Reed today addressed the severe claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and steps the House is taking to remedy the backlog. The number of disability claims left outstanding for more than a year has grown by 2,000 percent in the past four years, with some pending for more than 1,000 days. Reed called the massive backlog unacceptable, saying it is time to stand up for those who stood so courageously for us. “I am pleased to have worked with the Appropriations Committee ... Read more

  • Rep. Tom Reed: End VA Claims Backlog
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Rep. Tom Reed today addressed the severe claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and steps the House is taking to remedy the backlog. The number of disability claims left outstanding for more than a year has grown by 2,000 percent in the past four years, with some pending for more than 1,000 days. Reed called the massive backlog unacceptable, saying it is time to stand up for those who stood so courageously for us. “I am pleased to have worked with the Appropriations Committee ... Read more

  • Congressman Tom Reed Meets with Local Veterans for Advisory Board and Taps Designation Presentation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 1, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Rep. Tom Reed and two dozen veterans gathered Wednesday morning at the Bath American Legion to discuss legislative initiatives in the 113th Congress and announce the designation of “Taps” as the National Song of Military Remembrance, a designation Reed worked with local veteran Les Hampton to secure into law. Those around the table stressed the need to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs’ feet to the fire to get veterans their benefits in a timely manner: “We heard a great deal about the pa... Read more

  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed Introduce Bill to Rename Tyrone Post Office after Local Hero Killed in Afghanistan
    Posted in Press Releases on February 14, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed introduced legislation to designate the United States Postal facility in Tyrone the “Specialist Christopher Scott Post Office Building.” Specialist Christopher Scott was killed on September 3, 2011 in Kandahar, Afghanistan at the age of 21 while serving in the United States Army. “Specialist Scott is a true hometown hero who will always remain in the hearts of his loved ones and the Finger Lakes community,” Senator Gillibrand said. “He answere... Read more

  • REED’S “TAPS” LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE, ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING LAW; Legislation passed by unanimous consent to be included in final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on November 30, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Congressman Tom Reed announced today that legislation he introduced to designate the song “Taps” as the National Song of Military Remembrance is in the final phases of becoming law. Having passed the House in May, the measure passed in the Senate by unanimous consent yesterday and will now move to conference committee between the House and Senate before heading to the President’s desk for final approval. “With this legislation, ‘Taps’ will receive the recognition it deserves as it honors those ... Read more