Despite voicing opposition to a fiscal cliff plan that only raised taxes on wealthy Americans and avoided any significant spending cuts, Chautauqua County congressman-elect Tom Reed (R-Corning) is one of the 257 members of congress to vote for the fiscal cliff deal.
In a prepared statement, the Corning republican said that his secures tax cuts for 99 percent of the residents in the 23rd congressional district on a permanent basis.
Reed said that although lawmakers didn’t cut spending or deal with the Medicare and Social Security crisis as he and the GOP had hoped, lawmakers still acted to protect as many families and small businesses as possible on a permanent basis from what Reed said was the President and Democrats’ desire to raise taxes.
Reed also said that he still believes the answer lies in cutting spending and reforming Medicare and Social Security to save it for generations to come. He closed his statement by saying that sooner or later, Washington will have to address these issues and he supports doing this as soon as possible.
Reed was elected representative of the newly drawn New York 23rd Congressional District, which covers much of the southern tier and includes all of Chautauqua County. He will officially be sworn in to his second term in office later this week.