WASHINGTON, D.C. – As this year is coming to an end, Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY) looks back on 2021 and legislation he’s worked on in Capitol Hill. Next year he’s not seeking re-election, after six terms following sexual misconduct allegations made against him earlier this year.
“I think the biggest accomplishment I’m proud of is the infrastructure deal,” said Rep. Reed.
Congressman Reed was one of just 13 House Republicans who crossed party lines to vote for the $1.2- trillion dollar infrastructure deal. That funding would go towards things like roads, railroads, bridges, and broadband, including millions to the CTRAN public transit system in Elmira.
“That bipartisan deal that put a trillion dollars plus into America’s infrastructure and I’ll tell you that was a bipartisan compromised bill that will make huge dividends for Americans going forward,” said Reed.
But earlier this year, a former lobbyist went public with sexual misconduct allegations against reed, from an incident in 2017. In a Twitter statement, Reed apologized to the woman, his family and his constituents. He also said in part: “I hear her voice and will not dismiss her” and added that he plans “to dedicate my time and attention to making amends for my past actions.”
In that statement, he also said will not seek re-election in 2022.
As the new year approaches, he said his top priority remains taking care of his constituents in the southern tier.
“We just crossed that 21-thousand cases that we’ve impacted real families in regards to the assistance we offered them and regards to being in office and being a voice on their behalf and so in 2022 that will continue to be the top priority is to make sure the folks that we represent have a voice in Washington D.C.,” said Reed.