Congressman: If Reid doesn’t come back, ‘shame on him’ [VIDEO]

Photo of Nicholas Ballasy
Nicholas Ballasy
Senior Video Reporter
  • See All Articles
  • Send Email
  • Subscribe to RSS
  • Follow on Twitter
  • Bio

      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

Brushing aside criticism that House Speaker John Boehner is letting the tea party movement run his caucus, freshman New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed told The Daily Caller that the Republicans are functioning “like a true conference” while their Democratic critics, like Sen. Chuck Schumer, are “old school” and only want to “control” how their members operate.

As an alternative to the two-month payroll tax cut extension passed by the Senate, Reed vowed to stay in Washington, D.C. until Congress passes a full year extension, which he called a “long-term solution.” If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not come back to the Capitol, Reed said, “shame on him.”

Watch the interview:

TheDC asked Reed if he would be willing to allow the payroll tax cut to expire Dec. 31 instead of supporting the two-month extension passed by the Senate.

“We’re going to stay here until it gets done. I think we’re going to get a long-term solution put on the floor and voted out in a way that makes sure that doesn’t happen. … It all depends on what the Senate and Senate leadership will do. If Harry Reid sticks true to his sentiment that he’s not coming back, well, then, shame on him but we’ll be here and we’ll be getting the work done,” he said.

During a Monday interview on extending the expiring payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, Schumer said of Boehner, “He’s afraid of the 80 tea party, way-out-there people in his caucus. He’s letting them run the caucus, run his House.”

In response, Reed told TheDC, “Schumer appears to be engaging in old school politics in the Senate in that the leadership has to control how the Senate operates and I think you’re seeing that demonstrated with Harry Reid saying we’re out of here and we’re not going back.”

He continued, “How we’re operating in the House is we’re operating like a true conference. I have a great deal of respect for Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor, Whip McCarthy because you know what they do? They actually listen to us, they actually talk with us, they look for our input and this is how a conference should operate. What Senator Schumer is doing is causing us to be united as one force even more so than we were before.”

Follow Nicholas on Twitter