As the House Intelligence Committee holds its first public presidential impeachment hearing in over 20 years, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said that he is concerned over the divided political state of America.

During his weekly media call on Thursday, Reed, who represents New York's 23rd District, which includes the Greater Olean area, said that the bipartisan nature of the impeachment inquiries is dangerous to the nation's well-being.

“You know, as we go through this, I really am concerned with what it is doing to the country, tearing it apart further at its seams,” Reed said.

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Reed believes that once the impeachment process is completed, reconciling the country will require bipartisan voices in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“What it’s going to take is voices such as ours that are coming together and focusing on the problems,” Reed said. “We need to create the environment of trust and relationships like Rep. Josh Gottheimer and myself, and between members of the Democrats and Republicans on both sides.”

The congressman stated that ultimately, the power is in the hands of American voters.

“At some point in time, I do believe that the silent majority in America is going to step up and say that the work that they want done in Washington are people that can set aside their commitment to partisanship and find that common ground,' ” Reed said.

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