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Release: Reed Continues Working and Listening Tour in Dunkirk

Reed Continues “Tom on the Job” in Dunkirk

Tom Reed Continues Working and Listening Tour in Dunkirk 

Corning- Congressman Tom Reed was "Working and Listening" yesterday with his “Tom on the Job” stop at Box Monkey packing and shipping in Dunkirk.

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Box Monkey packing and shipping has been in business since December of 2012. Reed stopped by for a tour and spoke with the owner and employees about concerns out of Washington.

Reed’s ‘Working and Listening Tour’ will continue through the election and give Reed the opportunity to highlight the importance of small business in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes with stops at local small businesses to get to work and hear concerns from employees across the district.

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Release: Reed Continues Working and Listening Tour in Olean

Reed Continues “Tom on the Job” in Olean

Tom Reed Continues Working and Listening Tour with Special Guest “Sister Mary” 

Corning- Congressman Tom Reed was "Working and Listening" yesterday with his “Tom on the Job” stop at Worth W. Smith Hardware in Olean.

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Worth W. Smith Hardware has been in business since 1929 with a recent 85-year anniversary and over 65 employees in 5 locations. Reed stopped by for a tour and spoke with the owner and employees about concerns out of Washington.

Reed’s ‘Working and Listening Tour’ will continue through the election and give Reed the opportunity to highlight the importance of small business in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes with stops at local small businesses to get to work and hear concerns from employees across the district.

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Release: Reed Receives U.S. Chamber Endorsement

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Tom Reed for Congress

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation for organizations of every size. Supporting a pro-business mindset and working diligently to represent the interests of businesses small and large, the Chamber recognizes lawmakers that fight for sustained economic growth and help create jobs.

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Release: Reed Receives the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorsement

CORNING- Congressional Candidate Tom Reed today announced the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at Everyday True Value in Jamestown.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation for organizations of every size. Supporting a pro-business mindset and working diligently to represent the interests of businesses small and large, the Chamber recognizes lawmakers that fight for sustained economic growth and help create jobs.

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Jack Howard, VP of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Congressional Affairs, True Value owner Steve Columbeare, Tom Reed, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan

"Tom has a well-earned reputation for fighting for job creation and tackling our national debt, reducing burdensome regulations on small businesses and reforming the tax code to make it simpler, fairer and less costly," said Jack Howard, Senior Vice President, Congressional Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m extremely pleased to have earned the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” remarked Tom Reed. “Business encourages economic growth, and we need to continue investing in the private sector to bring jobs back to the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.”

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Release: Reed Continues Working and Listening Tour in Penn Yan

Corning- Congressman Tom Reed was "Working and Listening" yesterday with his “Tom on the Job” stop Grace Gardens in Penn Yan.

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Reed’s ‘Working and Listening Tour’ will continue through the election and give Reed the opportunity to highlight the importance of small business in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes with stops at local small businesses to get to work and hear concerns from employees across the district. 

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Release: Reed Continues Working and Listening Tour in Corning

Corning- Congressman Tom Reed was "Working and Listening" yesterday with his “Tom on the Job” stop at Tire World in Corning.

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Tire World has been family owned and operated since 1984, with a small staff of dedicated employees. Reed stopped by for a tour, spoke with the owner and employees about concerns out of Washington and slid under a car for an oil change from start to finish.

Reed’s ‘Working and Listening Tour’ will continue through the election and give Reed the opportunity to highlight the importance of small business in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes with stops at local small businesses to get to work and hear concerns from employees across the district.

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Q & A: Southern Tier Running Club

Question: Were you an athlete in your youth? If so, what was/were your sports?

Answer: I was a swimmer for 14 years and ‘All American’ in college – I also played lacrosse in college.

Question: I understand your weight loss journey began with bariatric surgery. What was the motivation for that?

Answer: After suffering a pulmonary embolism in 2010 I tried to lose the weight, but like millions of Americans it just didn't work. I knew I had to make a change and finally the doctor said I could go at 62 years old, or 82. It was my choice. I had to make a change for my family. My son and daughter deserved a dad that cared about his health and wanted to stay around.

Question: Ballpark, how much have you lost to date?

Answer: I have lost 110 pounds.

Question: Have you encountered obstacles on this journey, and how have you overcome them?

Answer: Well, it was really a life changing decision to have surgery. It took months of adjusting not only for me, but also for my family. They have been so supportive and positive during this entire journey – without their support I couldn’t have done it.

Question: What role has exercise played in your weight loss?

Answer: Exercise has been a critical part of it as it contributes to the overall healthy feeling I am trying to achieve. It isn’t so much about weight loss as it us about being healthy, and exercise helps me achieve that. 

Question: What role has running played in your journey toward better health? What role do you envision it playing in the future?

Answer: It has been a key component of our lifestyle change, but it is only part of it. I have gotten back in the pool, exercise regularly at the gym and even just take the stairs rather than ride the elevator. It is about being as rounded as possible in every way.

Question: Has your family been involved in your exercise plan and/or running?

Answer: My son and I have run together a few times and it is something I have come to enjoy as time constraints are tough on us.  So anytime I can spend with my family is an added bonus. 

Question: Was the New Year's Day race your first official running event after surgery? If no, what else have you done? If yes, what motivated you to run it and did you have pre-race jitters?

Answer: Yes, It was my first.  As it was a new year, I wanted to start the year off on the right foot.  Also, by publicly committing to it, I hope to show that if I can do it, any one of the millions of people out there dealing with the issue can do it too.  Finally by showing up publicly, it puts the pressure on me to continue on our journey in this positive way.  I was actually very nervous and I didn't know if I could do it.  It was the furthest I had ever ran at one time. Just wanted to finish without stopping along the way. Proud to be able to say I accomplished that, because I’ve come a long way. 

Question: What were your thoughts as you crossed the finish line?

Answer: It was of relief and acknowledgment that I am on the right track.  It was such a great race and everyone was so positive.  It was really wonderful to see my family at the finish line as they have been there with me through it all. 

Question: Will we see you at another race?

Answer: Without a doubt.  Heck, on my bucket list is a marathon but that is way off in the future.  I’m just taking it one day at a time. 

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Column: Simplifying the Tax Code for Southern Tier Families

Families in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes go through it each year. We gather the forms from our employers, sift through bank documents and receipts, and fill out confusing forms. Each year, families and small business find themselves collectively spending more than 6 billion hours and $160 billion to file their taxes.

Is it fair? No. Simply put, the existing tax code is unfair to families — it lets Washington pick winners and losers at the expense of hardworking taxpayers. I want to solve problems. We have a 70,000-page problem in the tax code. Our tax laws have not been seriously reformed since 1986. Taxpayers deserve a simpler, fairer tax code that closes loopholes and puts everyone on a level played field because real tax reform means more and better jobs for Americans. We need a tax code that will encourage the economy of tomorrow by supporting growth in our communities today.

My work on the Ways and Means Committee provides an opportunity to ensure the voices of the families in our area are heard. This is important because special interests like those that support my opponent promote misinformation about tax reform for the sake of winning elections.

I'll get right to the truth: The reality is that the tax reforms proposed by the Ways and Means Committee would save families in the 23rd District an average of $600 annually — that's money that stays in your pockets. I believe that you can better decide how to spend your money and care for your financial health than someone in Washington can.

Our problem is not that people do not pay enough in taxes; it is that Washington spends too much. Our taxes come from hard work — and while tax reform is central to this debate, the conversation must be had within the context of Washington's spending problems and the negative effect that current tax laws have on creating new opportunities for all. We must work together to make responsible decisions on government spending. Each taxpayer dollar spent must be carefully examined to make sure it is being used in the most effective way possible — it's only fair.

We work hard in upstate and we deserve to know that the federal government won't raise our taxes to pay for Washington's spending problem. My opponent doubled taxes in Tompkins County and voted to raise taxes every year in the county legislature. She will blindly support the policies of her liberal allies in Congress that propose new taxes or raising taxes on us to pay for their big government agenda.

I care about the families in the 23rd District, and I believe a simplified, common-sense tax code will benefit every American. We need to take advantage of this opportunity to lower tax rates, fight the tax increases supported by my opponent and her liberal allies and work for a simpler, fairer code that protects taxpayers and encourages job creation.

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Release: Reed Receives NFIB Endorsement

NFIB is the country’s leading advocate for small business owners representing roughly 10,000 members in New York.  The group endorses candidates based on their voting record on key issues identified by its members such as health care, taxes, labor and regulatory issues.  NFIB tracks votes at the state and federal  evels.  In the previous Congress Reed earned a 100 percent on the NFIB Voting Record.  He has a near-perfect record in this term as well.

“Every member of Congress claims to support small business but Tom Reed has the record to make that claim valid,” said NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant.  “He’s a real fighter and our members very much appreciate his leadership in Washington.”

NFIB Vice President Lisa Goeas, who heads the organization’s political and grassroots operation, said it’s important for the country to have more people in Washington like Tom Reed who understand the importance of small business.

“The last several years have been rough for small business owners and Washington has been a big part of the problem,” she said.  “Tom Reed has stood by our members on almost every tough vote.  He’s one of the most reliable defenders of small business in Congress and we’re very proud to endorse his reelection.”

“I’m extremely pleased to have earned the support of the National Federation of Independent Business,” remarked Tom Reed. “I recognize firsthand the burden the federal government can place on job creators here in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. Small businesses are the primary employers and job creators and they are the key to ensuring our economic recovery and job opportunities for all.”

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Release: Robertson's First Ad Out of Touch and Offensive

Corning – Tom Reed’s campaign today highlighted three problems with Martha Robertson’s first television ad.

First, Robertson included dated photos of Reed, clearly aiming to exploit a struggle millions of Americans face each day.

Second, Robertson got her facts wrong by claiming Reed was a millionaire that voted to raise the retirement age. [here] [here]

Third, Robertson used recycled foreign video to piece together the ad.

“Martha Robertson’s first ad is offensive, factually inaccurate and out of touch,” said Katherine Pudwill. “It's unfortunate that Robertson would use a weight condition in this way and exploit a personal health battle that many people can relate to. We've known all along that Martha Robertson’s Washington campaign had Nancy Pelosi’s stamp of approval, you’d think her ad would at least feature the United States. This type of consistent deception won’t sit well with the families of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.”

Stock Video In order of appearance:

  1. Business Stairwell Shot (shot in the United Kingdom) [here]
  2. Washington Monument [here]
  3. Handshake (shot in Canada) [here]
  4. Woman with Headache [here]
  5. Couple Upset [here]
  6. Couple on Vacation [here

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