Wittman: “Congress has not completed the work of the people”

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Provided by Congressman Rob Wittman’s Office

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Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) this week sent the following letter to Speaker Paul Ryan advocating against the adjournment of the House of Representatives for August recess: 

Dear Mr. Speaker, 

I am disappointed that Congress again plans to leave Washington, D.C. for August recess without addressing critical issues important to the American people. As you know, I have long advocated for Congress to skip the August recess and stay in session until the appropriations process is complete each year. 

Unfortunately, the House has only completed consideration of four of the twelve annual appropriations bills. Congress should remain in Washington until the work is complete. That is why I’ve introduced, H.Res 17, the Stay on Schedule (S.O.S.) resolution to change congressional procedures to prohibit the House from taking an August recess unless it has passed all regular appropriations bills by July 31. 

I appreciate that district work periods allow Members to visit with folks back in their respective communities, but it is now becoming a habit for Congress to abandon a long “to do” list in the rush to get out of town. This August is no exception. 

Congress has not done its job. It has not completed the work of the people, including finishing the FY2017 appropriations process. Our constituents expect us to stay and finish the job. 

These critical national priorities are too important to delay. I ask that you would keep the House in session to finish the business of the people. Furthermore, I ask that you urge the Senate to also remain in session until the appropriations process is complete.

Wittman has also urged against previous adjournments.

 Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee.


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