This past week, the House voted to adjourn until after the election without finishing some critical legislation. I'm absolutely appalled.
While the economy has definitively improved in the last few years, many families are still struggling to make ends meet and there is legislation that could have helped put Americans back to work and strengthened working and middle class families. In fact just this week, we saw good news that the nation's housing market may be coming back as home sales rose in August at its fastest rate in over two years and the price for sold homes climbed from a year earlier.
I joined many of my colleagues to oppose our adjournment -- here's what I think we should be focusing our efforts on instead of waiting until after the election:
· Extend Tax Cuts for the Middle Class -- With the Bush-era tax cuts automatically expiring at the end of this year, many middle class families are uncertain of next year's tax burden. Congress should immediately extend these tax cuts for 98% of all families and 97% of small businesses on everyone's income up to $250,000 a year.
· Pass Comprehensive Jobs Legislation -- I support a "Make It In American Plan" to bring manufacturing jobs back to America and make us once again the global powerhouse in manufacturing. There are a number of bills awaiting action which would create hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country. I believe that we should also bring the American Jobs Act up for a vote -- or at least bring up similar legislation that would invest in infrastructure, education and energy independence.
· Pass a Farm Bill -- With farmers facing the worst drought in decades, the House needs to act to provide relief for farmers. If passed, such legislation could offer much-needed relief to the farmers who feed this very nation.
· Vote on Postal Reform Legislation -- With local post offices closing across the country, including the Mack Robinson Processing and Distribution Center, it's time to act. Our postal system must be reformed to make it more efficient, and we should immediately vote on the United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011 (H.R.1351).
It's time to act on these proposals to save jobs and create new ones.
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Congressman Adam Schiff