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Pelosi Letter to Boehner: Cancel Recess, Don't Run Clock Out on Economy

Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today called on Speaker Boehner to cancel next week's recess - the ninth House Republican recess of the year - and instead commit to working to address the highway and student loan laws, and extend the middle-income tax cuts.

As Leader Pelosi said in her letter to the Speaker, “Instead of recessing yet again, the House should remain at work and pass critical legislation that will create jobs for the middle class that will actually be signed into law.  Republicans must not run out the clock on the economy.”

Pelosi added: “I call on you to cancel next week's recess - our ninth week-long recess of the year - and instead commit the House to working round the clock to address the highway and student loan laws, and to extend the middle-income tax cut without further delay.”
   
Below is the full text of the letter:

June 6, 2012

The Honorable John A. Boehner
Speaker
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.  20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

As House Republicans prepare for yet another week of recess, hundreds of thousands of construction workers, businesses large and small, and others in the transportation industry, and millions of college students and their families are facing imminent hardship.  In addition, statements from the House Republican leadership have raised alarm among middle-class families and American businesses concerning your commitment to acting on the middle-income tax cuts and the debt limit.  In a story focusing on Majority Leader Cantor's timetable for the remaining floor agenda, today's Politico reports that “serious legislating is all but done until after the election.”

Instead of recessing yet again, the House should remain at work and pass critical legislation that will create jobs for the middle class that will actually be signed into law.  Republicans must not run out the clock on the economy.  

I call on you to cancel next week's recess - our ninth week-long recess of the year - and instead commit the House to working round the clock to address the highway and student loan laws, and to extend the middle-income tax cut without further delay.

Thank you for your consideration.

best wishes,

            
NANCY PELOSI
Democratic Leader