9.21.12 Costa Calls on House Republicans to Cancel Recess, Keep Working

Costa Calls on House Republicans to Cancel Recess, Keep Working

Pass the Farm Bill and Tax Cuts for All Americans

Washington, D.C. – Today on the House floor, Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) called on House Republicans to cancel their recess and stay in session to finish work on critical legislation. After scheduling only eight days of votes between August 3rd and November 13th, the U.S. House of Representatives is adjourning for the November elections without taking action on several legislative priorities, including the Farm Bill and comprehensive jobs legislation.

"Instead of doing the people's work, today we are walking away for the next 46 days without taking action on long list of unfinished business," Costa said in his prepared remarks. "Folks in America are wondering why we can't pass a Farm Bill, why we can't pass tax cuts for all Americans, and why we can't pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. We need to cancel this recess and get to work."

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) also spoke on the House floor today about Costa and the failure of the Republican House to allow a vote on the Farm Bill before recessing for the November election.

"I want to recognize Mr. Costa who is from farm country. He understands the pain that is being experienced in farm country. And, he knows how terrible it is to have simply walked away, walked away from the House passed bill out of Committee and walked away from a bipartisan Senate bill. And I yield to my friend who is such a strong voice on this floor such an active member of the Ag Committee and such a proponent of farm country not only in California, which he represents, but throughout this country," Hoyer said.

Click here to see video of Costa's remarks on the House floor.

Some of the legislation that remains undone includes:

  • Farm Bill
  • Comprehensive Jobs Legislation
  • A Big and Balanced Solution to Deficits
  • Tax Cuts for all Americans
  • Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
  • Postal Reform