Reed Blasts Extremism Surrounding Shutdown

The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday passed two more bills to fund government agencies as a part of a strategy to end the partial government shutdown.

One bill would fund the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments, while the other would provide money for the Agriculture Department.

The transportation-housing bill was approved, 244-180. Twelve Republicans voted with Democrats to approve the bill. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, voted against the bill.

The agriculture bill was approved 243-183, with 10 Republicans in support. Reed voted against the agriculture legislation as well.

During his conference call with regional media outlets earlier this week, Reed criticized the extremism on both sides of the government shutdown controversy and said there had been “enough of these shenanigans.” Reed said border security is something that should unite the country, not divide it.

Revisiting the Immigration Reform Act of 2013 was another idea Reed agreed could be a good start for further discussion. He reiterated that his Problem Solvers Caucus can be another tool to help guide a bipartisan compromise on border security.

The House voted Wednesday on bills to reopen the Treasury Department and IRS, with Reed among those voting against both pieces of legislation.

Democrats say the bills approved Thursday would ensure that families will lose not food stamp benefits and that those living in federally supported housing are not evicted.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won’t bring up the Democratic bills in the Republican-controlled Senate.