WASHINGTON – Chautauqua County’s federal representative says he was in support of certain measures in the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 despite voting against the legislation this week.
Congressman Tom Reed addressed the legislation during his weekly media conference Thursday afternoon. Reed explains that he will “continue to be supportive of” the expansion of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit.
The Corning Republican, however, says that he believes the Democratic-controlled House will try to use children as “leverage” in negotiating on proposed tax hikes in 2022. Reed says that he will oppose such action.
“Why don’t you leave kids out of the battle rather than putting kids right in the middle of the battle and risking their security because you want to get a political win down the road,” Reed said. “That’s how D.C. is now. That’s all they care about is political leveraging. They don’t give a damn about what the policy does to real people, and especially when you’re willing to risk the security of children in order to leverage them to get a political win in the future.”
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the ‘American Rescue Plan’ a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday that include the nation’s third round of direct payments to Americans. President Joe Biden signed the package on Thursday.