Top Dems Urge GOP to Cancel Recess, Address Sequestration

September 20, 2012

Top Democratic leaders are pressing U.S. House Speaker Rep. John Boehner to cancel a six-week recess, saying the lower chamber should stay in Washington and pass legislation that would avoid deep federal spending cuts.

“Democrats do not believe the House should recess this week, or at all, until we have met our responsibilities to the American people,” House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, and other Democrats wrote in a Thursday letter to Boehner. “Our nation can ill-afford economic uncertainty that will result from Congress remaining idle for another six weeks.”

The House is slated to adjourn by week’s end and likely will not return until after Election Day, Nov. 6. That means House members would be focused on campaigning instead of finding common ground to avoid twin $500 billion cuts to planned defense and domestic spending.

Pentagon officials have warned the pending cut to planned defense spending would hinder force readiness, slow future weapon development and undermine national security. Economists are warning about the broader fiscal impact of both the defense and domestic cuts.

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