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Loebsack: With Iowa’s Priorities Sitting on the Table, Congress Cannot Recess Until the Work is Finished

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Washington, December 4, 2013 | Joe Hand (202-225-6576) | comments
Congressman Dave Loebsack today demanded that the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, keep the House in session until it completes all of the work that the American people are demanding get done. Some of Iowan’s top priorities, including the Farm Bill, extension of both the Production Tax Credit for Wind and Medicare provisions important to rural hospitals, a Sustainable Growth Rate fix, and the Water Infrastructure bill, remain in limbo. Also awaiting action is the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains provisions important for the workers at the Rock Island Arsenal, as well as a comprehensive budget agreement to create jobs and grow the economy. Between today and the end of the year, the House is only scheduled to be in session for a total of 6 days.  

“Rather than sending Members of Congress home for vacation after only a total of nine work days since Thanksgiving, it is imperative that you keep the House of Representatives in session and voting every day to complete the pressing work of the American people,” Loebsack wrote in a letter to Speaker Boehner. “The list of unfinished business is long and continues to grow. To put it simply – with so much work left to do after months of partisan fighting, that last thing Congress deserves is a vacation. Turning off the lights and putting a “closed for business” sign on the Capitol is irresponsible and shameful. I call you on to keep the House in session and working every day to get the work of the American people done.”

A copy of the letter can be found here.
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