Congressman Joe Courtney today released the following statement after House Republicans voted to adjourn and send Members home, even as the deadline to prevent sequestration's across-the-board cuts ticked down to 13 days. The vote in the House was 222-190, with every House Democrat voting to remain in session.
"Today's vote sadly shows that House Republicans are not serious about defusing the sequester and preventing across-the-board budget cuts that the Pentagon has said would be devastating to military preparedness and that have already negatively impacted our GDP.
"This week I participated in two House Armed Services Committee hearings and an Education and Workforce hearing that outlined in stark detail the harmful effects of sequestration on our military readiness and the major disruption it would cause to our economy. With those facts staring at us, voting to adjourn was unacceptable and unconscionable. Despite GOP claims to the contrary, the House has not acted in the 113th Congress to prevent sequestration.
"As precious seconds tick away, the House should be in Washington doing its job and finding a compromise to protect our economy. Speaker Boehner should reverse course, and keep the House in session."