This week, I’m deeply disappointed that the House is concluding its work in Washington until after the election, leaving important work unfinished. I continue to call on House Republicans to stay in town and take action on critical legislation. I encourage you to read this recent New York Times article that points out just how unproductive House Republicans have been:
“The 112th Congress is set to enter the Congressional record books as the least productive body in a generation, passing a mere 173 public laws as of last month. That was well below the 906 enacted from January 1947 through December 1948 by the body President Harry S. Truman referred to as the ‘do-nothing’ Congress, and far fewer than even a single session of many prior Congresses.”
Instead of walking away from the American people, I have been urging the House to pass a comprehensive jobs plan, a big, bold, balanced plan to keep our nation from going over the fiscal cliff in January, an extension of middle class tax cuts, a farm bill, reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and postal reform. The Senate has already passed bipartisan bills to address many of these important priorities, and the House should follow suit.
Both parties worked together to keep our government open, pay our nation’s bills, and provide certainty and resources to businesses by reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. We must work together again so that we can extend tax cuts for middle class families and small businesses, provide drought relief to farmers, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and take up postal reform. I hope when we return after the election, House Republicans will work with us on a bipartisan basis to address our nation’s most pressing challenges.
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