Reed returns to Congress following collapse, talks impeachment
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, whose district covers Chautauqua Co., New York, is back to work in Washington just days after he collapsed in a Congressional office building.
In his first television interview since returning to Congress Monday evening, Reed told Erie News Now Washington Correspondent Matt Knoedler that he is “recovering well.” He was diagnosed with pneumonia Thursday after collapsing in the Cannon House Office Building rotunda moments before a live television interview. Reed, 47, was rushed to George Washington University Hospital where he was evaluated and released Thursday evening. He returned back to Washington from Corning, N.Y. late Monday night.
“We’re recovering well. I’ve got the pneumonia under control, hopefully,” Reed said Wednesday. “I’m going to be seeing the doctors this week to make sure everything is going the right direction.”
On Wednesday, Erie News Now caught up with Reed prepping and planning for the day with his staffers. The Corning Republican said he received an outpouring of support from members of Congress and constituents alike. He said that gave him energy as he comes back to D.C. this week and prepares for a congressional trip to Poland over the upcoming recess.
“Pneumonia is nothing to mess with, I learned the hard way,” Reed said. “I will learn my lesson to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
Reed returns as the house opens up an impeachment inquiry into president Donald Trump. Reed is concerned that impeachment will consume all of the day-to-day issues in Congress until the 2020 presidential election, such as the new North American trade deal – known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement – that hasn’t been passed; lowering drug pricing, and other work.
Moreover, it could lead to an even greater partisan divide both here in Congress and in Western New York, Reed suggested.
“People are suffering,” he said, “and we should be focusing on their problems rather than engaging on what could be the highest political theater of our time.”
Reed said he would follow the evidence should investigations bring anything forward. But for now, he like most Republicans are saying this impeachment inquiry shouldn’t even be happening.
Read the transcript of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy here.