House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic Caucus voted today to block a motion to adjourn, taking the opportunity to blast GOP leaders for abdicating their responsibilities.
There’s not much the most conservative Republicans and the most liberal Democrats can agree on these days, but this afternoon they banded together to send a message to GOP leaders: It’s not time to go home yet.
All 187 Democrats who were present voted along with conservatives such as Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (Ohio), Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) to block a motion to adjourn.
But the reasons for sticking around were different for each group. Democrats wanted to blast GOP leaders for adjourning while there is much work left to do. Republicans lacked trust that President Barack Obama would honor his agreement with the Senate not to do recess appointments.
“It was a fundamental lack of trust in President Obama to adhere to his gentlemen’s agreement with Senate Republicans,” one GOP aide said.
Democrats came prepared, rattling off a selection of floor speeches accusing the GOP of abdicating its responsibilities.
“They want to head out of town to campaign when Congress should stay in session to address the most pressing challenges facing our nation,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a floor speech. “Let’s get to work. Let’s do the job our constituents elected us to do.”
“This week, in the most brazen abandonment of responsibilities we’ve seen yet, Republicans chose to adjourn for the summer — which we prevented — without a middle-class tax cut extension signed into law,” Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said. “We ought not to adjourn, ladies and gentlemen of this House, until we pass a middle-class tax cut.”
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.