ITHACA – The man who will be Congressman Tom Reed’s (R-Corning) democratic Challenger in the November general election is continuing to ratchet up his attacks on his opponent. Nate Shinagawa (D-Ithaca) released a statement late last week regarding the automatic cuts to the federal budget that are set to take place on January 2. The cuts are due to Congress’ failed attempt to come to an agreement on $1.2 trillion of cuts required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
In his prepared statement, Shinagawa said House Republicans – including Tom Reed – have failed to see the harmful effects the cuts will have on working families. Shinagawa says a plan supported by Reed would do nothing but shift the burden of deficit reduction onto the middle-class, ignoring simple answers like raising revenues from the wealthiest Americans – which the Ithaca democrat says would prevent devastating cuts to education and women’s health, as well as the defense budget.
Shinagawa and Reed are running for New York’s 23rd Congressional district seat, which was drawn earlier this year as a result of reapportionment based on the 2010 federal census. The district includes several counties across the Southern Tier of New York, including Chautauqua.