The House of Representatives apparently has a long “to-do” list that isn’t getting done, and at least one Republican lawmaker is taking it upon himself to call on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to make a bold move that would help lawmakers complete their elected duties.
According to The Blaze, in a recent letter to Pelosi, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA), strongly urged that the House Speaker cancel the upcoming August recess and, instead, focus on completing crucial tasks, such as finishing the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bills and other important business on behalf of the American people.
“It boggles the mind”
Wittman held nothing back in his letter to Pelosi, which was actually his second request to have the upcoming recess canceled so that the elected representatives can focus on completing a number of important tasks before flying off to take their taxpayer-funded breaks.
“With less than two weeks in session before Congress takes our taxpayer funded recess, the full House has yet to even complete one of the 12 Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bills that fund the government,” Wittman pointed out.
He added: “As I did in an earlier letter on June 9, I again encourage you to cancel the August district work period and keep members in Washington, D.C., as long as it takes to complete the work of the people.”
“With so much work left to be done, it boggles the mind as to why anyone would feel justified in taking a month off,” Wittman wrote.
The Virginia Republican recognized in his first letter to Pelosi that going back to their home districts is an important part of the job but argued that Congress has become far too comfortable with not getting enough work done before fleeing Capitol Hill on vacation.
“Congress has not done its job”
Wittman reminded Pelosi that American voters expected their elected representatives to do the job with which they were entrusted, before flying home to kiss babies and make local media appearances.
“But Congress has not done its job. Our constituents expect us to stay and complete the work of the American people. The American people expect Congress to work diligently to pass critical national priorities and fund the government through regular order,” the GOP lawmaker wrote.
According to the Augusta Free Press, Wittman concluded his letter by adding that inspiring members of Congress to work tirelessly for the American people is a concept he’s worked on “throughout my time in Congress.”
As of this writing, Pelosi’s office hasn’t responded to Wittman’s plea, presumably as they’re uninterested in caving to the demands of a political opponent.
It’s truly a shame that the House Speaker seems to care more about getting away from the Capitol building than staying and making sure important work is completed, but it’s also not surprising.