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Ted Yoho: House should cancel part of August recess



WASHINGTON - Florida Rep. Ted Yoho says the House should do as the Senate and work through part of the August recess.

"This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, announced that he would postpone a portion of the congressional August recess to continue important legislative work," the Gainesville Republican wrote in a constituent newsletter Sunday. "I believe this is the right thing to do. I spoke of doing this back in February to my colleagues on the House floor.

"Last month, I joined members of the House Freedom Caucus on a letter asking House and Senate leadership to cancel August recess entirely. Canceling recess is what needs to be done so we can continue working on the important issues affecting the American people.

"There are twenty-one legislative days remaining in this fiscal year ending September 30, and fifty-seven legislative days left in the calendar year to try and finish the work we began six months ago.

"I commend Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to keep the Senate in session. It is my hope that our House leadership will follow suit. The myriad of issues before Congress like tax reform, health care, the debt ceiling, government funding, and more, need our full attention. Members of Congress should not leave Washington, D.C. until our work is finished. The American people deserve better."

[Last modified: Sunday, July 16, 2017 5:00pm]


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