Pelosi Tweets: House Coming Back
Updated: 7:12 p.m.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted Wednesday that the House will return next week to pass a $26 billion package of state aid that the Senate is poised to clear later this week.
“I will be calling the back House into session early next week to save teachers’ jobs and help seniors & children,” Pelosi tweeted.
The office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) issued a schedule update to Members on Wednesday evening. It advised that the House is expected to meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, with votes possible as soon as the chamber convenes. It also said the House is planning to be in session Monday, but no votes are expected that day.
“As millions of children prepare to go back to school — many in just a few days — the House will act quickly to approve this legislation once the Senate votes,” Pelosi said in a statement. “In consultation with our leadership, I am calling Members of the House back to Washington at the beginning of the week to pass this bill and send it to President Obama without further delay.”
Pelosi noted that the House had passed various pieces of state aid repeatedly starting in December. But the Senate has been a graveyard for such efforts, only getting GOP support after the House left town last week for what would have been a six-week break.
That will force lawmakers to cut short trips abroad or interrupt packed district schedules as they gear up for the midterm elections.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that the House should come back to deal with the education and state Medicaid funding package, saying it would be hard for the House to stay on recess for the next five weeks without addressing it. The Senate overcame a key procedural hurdle on the funding package early Wednesday, setting up a vote on final passage for sometime this week.
Republicans, however, are already ripping the idea of a return to Washington for an emergency spending session.
“The American people don’t want more stimulus’ spending — particularly spending for labor unions attached to a job-killing tax increase,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).