Pelosi Floor Speech Calling on House GOP to Address Challenges Facing Americans, Not Head Out of Town

Aug 2, 2012
Press Release

Contact: Nadeam Elshami/Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the House floor today calling on House Republicans to address challenges facing Americans rather than head out of town. Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Mr. Speaker, this Republican Majority is prepared to adjourn the House of Representatives to leave for the August District Work Period without accomplishing what the American people have sent us here to do. They want us to create jobs, they want us to reduce the deficit, and they want us to give a middle income tax cut, which the President has suggested and the American people overwhelmingly support. Instead we have no jobs agenda, no tax cuts for the middle class, no farm bill, no Violence Against Women Act, no cybersecurity strategy, no balanced, bipartisan plan to prevent the sequester. The only thing the Republicans have done is to increase the uncertainty that threatens another debt crisis and undermines our economic growth.

“Now, they want to head out of town to campaign, when Congress should stay in session to address the most pressing challenges facing our nation: job creation, growth in our economy, and strengthening the middle class. Mr. Speaker, Democrats want to get the job done – when we go home to meet with our constituents we want to say what we have accomplished and what results we can bring that has been worked out in a fair, bipartisan, balanced way. In spite of this the Republican obstruction at every turn is preventing that. Let’s get to work. Let’s do the job our constituents elected us to do to create jobs with them and to relieve the uncertainty in their lives. With that Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.”