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Unfinished Business in this Congress

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. COURTNEY. Mr. Speaker, the great Hall of Fame Coach Vince Lombardi once said that ``Winners never quit, and quitters never win.''

I was reminded of that quote when the House Republican leadership announced last Friday that they are canceling all session days for the month of October, despite the fact that we have an unfinished farm bill, postal reform bill, Violence Against Women Act, the Cybersecurity Act, we have a fiscal cliff looming for middle class families on January 1, and a sequestration on January 2.

It is true there are passionate differences between the two sides about how we resolve these problems, but you don't resolve it by going home for 7 weeks. As Coach Lombardi said: ``Winners never quit, and quitters never win.''

The American people deserve better than a 7-week recess with these challenges facing the American people. It's time for this leadership of this House to cancel their order and get back to work and solve the problems of our Nation.

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