Rep. Tom Reed excited to help with Trump transition

WASHINGTON, DC (WIVB) — Congressman Tom Reed says he both excited and humbled to be chosen as a vice chair for President-elect Donald Trump’s transition.

Reed, a longtime supporter of Trump, says he believes the incoming president will surprise a lot of Americans.

“He is not afraid to have the conversations. He is not afraid to listen to people and really take it into consideration,” Rep. Reed said Thursday during a phone call with reporters.

“I think the ability for both the vice-president and president-elect to relate to the troubles that folks like us in upstate, Western New York in particular — the rust belt effect — I think that’s why Trump did so well in those areas of the country,” the Southern Tier leader suggested.

News 4 was with Rep. Reed when he toured Dunkirk neighborhoods in late October as part of an anti-poverty initiative. He never wavered in his support of then Republican nominee, promising Trump could “…get our country back in the right direction, and get people back to work.”

As one of the Trump team’s vice chairs, Reed has already started identifying legislative goals.

He wants to repeal and replace and affordable care act, pass a tax 21st century tax code, and advance policies that put people first. His goal is “…to make sure that the American worker – the men and women who are out there struggling each and every day – that their voice is no longer forgotten.”

Congressman Reed is one of seven vice chairs chosen by Trump’s transition team.

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