Reed Supports Resolution To Avoid Government Shutdown

Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said he supported a resolution in the House of Representatives that would help avoid another government shutdown. P-J file photo

With a looming budget deadline, Rep. Tom Reed said he supported a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.

Reed said he was in favor of a plan introduced in the House of Representatives that will extend four different healthcare programs for two years, including the Special Diabetes Program, funding Community Health Centers, Medicare Dependent Hospitals and Low Volume Hospitals. The plan also funds the military through the end of the year.

Reed discussed his support for the measure in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday.

“Extending the funding for our rural hospitals and health care centers is a major win for our region,” Reed said.

“These dollars help keep the doors open and critical services available to our communities. It also ensures our seniors have access to the care they deserve.”

Reed, R-Corning, said the resolution would keep the government open until March 23. He said he planned to vote on the measure, which passed in the House late Tuesday.

“We’ll do our part tonight to avoid a shut down,” he said.

Reed said he is “optimistic and confident” that the Senate will respond favorably to the resolution.

The Medicare Dependent Hospitals program provides payments in support of small rural hospitals in which Medicare patients make up a significant percentage of in patient days or discharges, and the Low-Volume Hospitals Program hospitals also receive payment adjustments known as “extenders.”

The Special Diabetes Program is a program that provides annual funding for type I diabetes research. The program also includes the Special Diabetes Program for Indians at the Indian Health Services.

Reed commented on President Donald Trump’s remarks on immigration. The president reportedly said Tuesday he would “love to see a shutdown” if immigration isn’t dealt with.

“I believe avoiding a shutdown is better than going down that path,” Reed said.

However, Reed said he agreed with the president’s sentiments that border security has to be dealt with. Reed said he would defer to the White House on whether comments such as those are helpful.

Reed said it was important to hear the voice of the “dreamers,” or those impacted by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but to also hear the voice of “all other Americans” who are impacted by a border that “doesn’t work.”

Congress faces a Thursday deadline to pass a resolution to keep the government open in some form.