Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after Republicans left for the August District Work Period without passing a clean short-term extension bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, leading to a partial shutdown of the agency and costing thousands of jobs:
“It was wrong for Congress to leave Washington with tens of thousands of people out of work because the FAA issue remains unresolved. Unless Congress acts swiftly, the economy will be needlessly damaged and thousands of families will endure unnecessary hardship.
“Speaker Boehner should call on the committee leadership to produce legislation that can be approved by unanimous consent by the end of the week.
“Tens of thousands of American jobs are on the line. Republicans must end their tactics of obstruction and delay, address this crisis, and get people back to work.”