Republican Leadership has recessed the House until November 13 without considering or acting on many important bills. On Thursday I voted for the House to stay in session so that Congress could consider middle class tax cuts, a jobs creation bill, legislation to help the U.S. Post Office, a Russian trade treaty, renewal of expiring tax provisions that include the ability for Tennesseans to deduct sales taxes, child tax credits, and other important measures that would help people in Memphis and across the country. But the Republican Majority brushed aside these efforts because Republicans would rather concentrate on election year politics instead of helping American families through tough economic times.
Our nation can ill-afford economic uncertainty that will result from Congress remaining idle for another six weeks. The American people are counting on us to keep moving the nation forward for jobs, economic recovery, and a stronger middle class. Instead of recessing yet again, the House should remain at work and pass critical legislation that will create jobs for the middle class. Republicans must not run out the clock on the economy.
Democrats are committed to staying in session as long as it takes to ensure certainty for the middle class, growth for the economy, and the creation of jobs for the American people. The American people want us to work together and we're ready to get the job done.