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Despite Republican Recess, Hank in Washington Working


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) today joined Democrats urging the House to return to work on the nation's unfinished business from tax cuts to the deficit, the Farm Bill to saving the Postal Service.

"We're here and ready to work," said Rep. Johnson, who took time out on his birthday to be with his colleagues on Capitol Hill.

"In the three months before Election Day, the House will have been in session for only 8 days. Republicans packed up and left as many Americans continue to struggle to pay their mortgage and rent, find a job or put food on the table.

"We should be here stopping a middle class tax hike and voting on jobs bills. Instead of stopping sequestration, Republicans left workers and businesses hanging off a fiscal cliff, facing the threat of severe cuts to vital domestic and defense programs. This is unacceptable."

"When Democrats controlled Congress and President Bush served in the White House, we worked on a bipartisan basis to prevent our nation from plunging into a Great Depression," said Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

"When we were in the majority during President Obama's first two terms, we produced what one nonpartisan observer has called "one of the most productive Congresses" since the New Deal. But under Republican control, this Congress has obstructed progress, has fallen to historic lows in public approval, and has earned the title of being the least productive in modern history."

On September 21, the House concluded the last day of the legislative session until November 13 -- marking the earliest recess of Congress since 1960.

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