Provided by Congressman Rob Wittman’s Office
Congressman Rob Wittman led a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan calling for the House to remain in-session through August to complete critical legislative items, the most pressing being the 12 appropriations bills. Representatives Andy Biggs and Mike Gallagher also joined Rep. Wittman in signing the letter. With only 38 session days left between today and the annual August recess, they believe we must stay in Washington until the work is complete.
“We urge you and the House leadership to reconsider the legislative calendar and to cancel the August recess if the House has not addressed the many critical issues facing our Nation and the American people,” the members wrote. “We would like to offer our full support to expedite floor consideration for funding bills, even if we must work nights, weekends, and forgo the August recess to avoid another last-minute funding battle like we encountered in March.”
The members acknowledged the importance of district work periods, but believe it is critical that Congress get the work of the people done. Although the Senate has already decided to stay in session three extra weeks in August, they asked the Speaker to urge the Senate to remain in session until the appropriations process is complete.
“We stand ready to work around the clock to get the government funded before we break in August, well before the Sept. 30 deadline. We, and the American people, expect Congress to work tirelessly to restore American greatness,” they wrote.
All signers are cosponsors of Rep. Wittman’s Stay on Schedule Resolution, which says that the House must stay in session if all twelve appropriations bill are not passed by July 31. Rep. Wittman has been the sponsor of this legislation for years.
The letter can be viewed here.