"Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the House back this week for a rare mid-August voting session. I am not troubled with being summoned back to Washington. That's what the residents of New Jersey expect us to do. However, I found myself completely opposed to the bill the Speaker wanted to jam through Congress and onto the President's desk.
"Once again I am disappointed, because in the past few months this Congress has done virtually none of the work that the American people sent us here to do.
"We haven't passed a budget.
"We haven't funded the nation's defense or homeland security.
"We made our troops wait months before passing funds to support their fight against violent international extremists.
"But this week we were called back into special session. Some Members returned from far corners of the earth. I was forced to postpone my annual tour of Superfund hazardous waste sites across northern New Jersey and a long-planned briefing at the Port of New York and New Jersey -- a major source of direct and indirect jobs for New Jersey workers. And for what? To pass a bill that proves once again that Congress and the Administration have a genuine addiction to spending money we do not have.
"Among the messages I heard loud and clear at my town hall meetings last weekend is the American people DO NOT want us to throw more money at our nation's problems. Yet that is exactly what this bill does."