Today, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) stood with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Members of the House Democratic Leadership at a press conference calling on Republicans to cut short their vacations and come back to Washington to work on getting the American economy back on track.
Noting the one year anniversary today of the Republican takeover of the House, Pallone and Democratic Leaders pointed to the failure of the GOP to pass any legislation to create jobs and their record of obstruction of policies that would lift the nation from it economic doldrums.
"It's been one full year since the Republicans took over Congress," said Pallone. "One full year of obstruction of policies that would put Americans back to work. One full year of a "no jobs agenda' and one full year of opportunities squandered to put us on the right track toward economic prosperity."
Following a meeting of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, Pallone joined members of the Democratic Caucus in urging Republicans to act on continuing the extensions of the Middle Class Payroll Tax cuts, Unemployment Insurance and Medicare payment programs for doctors treating seniors passed at the end of the year.
"We can't wait any longer for Republicans to come around and do the right thing for the American people," Pallone said. "We have a lot of work to do, and we need to start now. Instead of rolling up their sleeves and working toward a plan to rebuild our economy in 2012, so far the Republicans only plan to work for five days in the month of January. Our nation is hurting and we need Congress to get serious about addressing the economy."