71 Members ask House leadership to postpone August recess
Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–August 1, 2014. U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger today joined an effort to postpone the House of Representatives’ August recess until critical legislation including immigration reform is complete. More than 70 members urged House Speaker John Boehner not to start the planned 5-week recess and remain in Washington.
“It’s no surprise that Congressional approval ratings are at an all-time low when we leave important business unfinished,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Marylanders and all Americans deserve representatives who will stay in Washington until the job is done.”
In the letter, Ruppersberger and other members urged action on issues including:
Passing a budget for fiscal year 2015: If the House does not pass a budget before the close of this fiscal year on September 30, we risk another government shutdown.
Passing immigration reform: Congressman Ruppersberger prefers the Senate border bill to provide additional resources to secure the borders and address the flood of undocumented and unaccompanied children.
Separately, Congressman Ruppersberger called for the passage of an unemployment insurance extension prior to adjournment.