Mr. CICILLINE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to implore my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to put aside politics and get to work on behalf of the American people.
Just 61 bills have been signed into law this year, the fewest in more than 60 years. There have been two noted congressional historians, Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann, who have said:
We have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.
They go on to say:
Today, thanks to the GOP, compromise has gone out the window in Washington.
Despite this reality, we have to get some important work done for those who sent us here. Republicans continue to choose politics over policy, ignoring critical legislation which requires our attention.
After returning from a 5-week recess, the House Republican leadership has scheduled only 5 days in session in September, despite this growing list of important challenges facing our country.
While we voted 33 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act and passed a budget that ends the guarantee of Medicare, much work remains, including extending tax cuts for the middle class, comprehensive jobs legislation like the Make It In America agenda, reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, postal reform, and a big, balanced plan to reduce the deficit.
I ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, let's get to work.