'In First Seven Months of this Congress, House Republicans Time
and Time Again Chose Special Interests Over the Public Interest'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today after the House of Representatives began the August
District Work Period:
"Today, the Republican-led House of Representatives recessed
for August without extending the child tax credit to working and
military families in our country. We are returning to our districts,
but for the families of those 12 million children, we are returning
after night for the past two weeks, Democrats came to the floor
of the House to make the case for the children of Americas
working families and the children of parents in the military. And
night after night, House Republicans have told these children in
no uncertain terms that they were not good enough for an expanded
child tax credit.
separate votes, Republicans have defended the indefensible. It is
is part of a pattern. In the first seven months of this Congress,
President Bush and House Republicans have time and time again chosen
the special interests over the public interest. At the same time
that the Republicans have turned record surpluses into record deficits
and given away billions of dollars in tax breaks for the elite few,
they have refused to provide working families with the same child
tax credit they have already given every other family.
have under funded the very education programs they pretend to support,
including voting to dismantle the Head Start program that has been
an avenue of opportunity for so many. Republicans have rammed through
legislation that will not make prescription drugs affordable for
seniors and the disabled -- in fact it will leave seniors at the
mercy of HMOs and big insurance companies and raise premiums by
as much as 25 percent.
have proposed limiting overtime pay for millions of hardworking
Americans, as well as changing our pension laws to cut the private
pensions of many older workers in half. They have shortchanged veterans
health care and refused to repeal the disabled veterans tax
that reduces the retirement benefits of many older disabled veterans.
have fought these Republican proposals because we know they will
make it harder for working families to succeed. Democrats are fighting
for opportunity, for jobs, for homeland security, education, health
care, and pension security for working families."