With vital issues important to Colorado's Third District still to address, the U.S. House of Representatives is adjourning today to take a month-long vacation. Third District Representative Scott Tipton voted in support of the vacation earlier this week.
Among issues important to Colorado that hang in the balance while Congress vacations throughout August are the wind energy production tax credit, putting hundreds of jobs in the district at risk; extending tax cuts for middle class families, who are struggling in this economy; and the farm bill, critical to farmers and ranchers in this agriculture-rich district. Congress has also failed to undertake their most basic task of funding the federal government, putting the country at risk of government shutdown.
Rep. Sal Pace (D-Pueblo), who is running against current U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton, said this is yet another glaring example of why Congress and Tipton have the wrong priorities.
"Hundreds of jobs in our district and the livelihood of one of our largest industries hang in the balance as Congress and my opponent vote to take another vacation, this one for a whole month," Pace said. "This is inexcusable. While working families continue to work hard in this economy, our Congressman is taking a month off.
"My opponent continues to show he's "gone Washington' by his misguided priorities of party over people. It's time we have representation who will take a stand in D.C. and work to get things get done. "