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Public Statements

Do-Nothing House Republicans

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. CARNAHAN. Mr. Speaker, President Harry Truman of Missouri famously labeled the Republican Congress of 1948 the ``Do-Nothing Congress.'' But to call this Congress the do-nothing Congress would be an insult to the 1948 Congress that was 10 times more productive than this Congress.

With the House recessing on the 21st, this is the earliest Congress has left to campaign in an election year in 52 years. The GOP-led 112th Congress has achieved the lowest approval rating ever--nearly 9 out of 10 Americans say they disapprove of this Congress.

Maybe we should feel lucky that Congress hasn't been here, because when they have been here, they voted to end Medicare as we know it and give tax breaks to millionaires over the middle class. They have left town without passing middle class tax cuts, the farm bill, the Violence Against Women Act, and responsible debt reduction. And they have voted for corporations that ship jobs overseas instead of passing the American Jobs Act.

Let's stop calling this the do-nothing Congress. This is worse than the ``Do-Nothing Congress.''

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