WASHINGTON (DC Bureau) -- “I appreciate the dialogue we had and if we can have more of that I think we can get a lot more done," New York Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY-23) said.
Reed welcomed Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to a closed-door meeting Wednesday. Reed is co-chair of the House Problem Solvers Caucus. They’re tasked with coming up with bipartisan solutions to hot-button issues, like infrastructure, border security, and even tax reform.
“I know that they care about people too. I care about people. There’s different philosophies of how you do that and that’s often where the debate comes in but that’s what being an American is," Reed added.
While Reed said he’s open to reaching across the aisle, Schumer’s office said they have yet to get that offer. That’s why Schumer is taking matters into his own hands.
“You want to pass this tax bill, you want to hurt the suburbs, make our day,” Schumer in a press conference Wednesday.
He said the problem solvers group hasn’t been able to come up with a solution that he can support. So he and Senate Democrats released their tax plan Wednesday morning just one week after Reed and Republican House members released theirs. Schumer said their plan would ensure the corporate tax cut would benefit working Americans.
He later teamed up with fellow New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and called on New York House members, like Reed, to vote ‘NO’ on the tax plan.
“How does this tax plan help the people of New York who actually need it? It doesn’t," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday the current House plan would increase the national deficit by $1.7 trillion over the next decade.