With Congress beginning recess on the earliest date since 1960, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) spoke on the House floor and joined colleagues for a press conference urging the Republican leadership to remain in session until more challenges are addressed.
"I am really disappointed with the failure of Republican leadership in the House. More than 50,000 Rhode Island home mortgages are underwater today and nearly 60,000 people still cannot find work," said Cicilline. "Rhode Islanders and families across our country expect more from their elected officials and I urge Speaker Boehner to reconsider his decision and commit to working with Democrats to address the urgent challenges facing our country."
Following his remarks on the House floor, Cicilline joined Congressional Democrats at 10:30 AM for a press conference on the steps of Capitol where they again urged the Republican leadership not to adjourn until November (photo attached). Given the current calendar, the 112th Congress will hold only eight days of votes from August 3, 2012 through November 13, 2012.
Political observers have criticized House Republicans for playing politics at a time when working families can least afford it. According to an article in Roll Call, the current Congress is on pace to be the least productive in modern history -- even lagging behind the "Do Nothing Congress" of 1948 -- while Congressional approval ratings continue to slide to their lowest levels on record.