FNC’s Chad Pergram emailed me the info below. With the CR that funds the Federal Government expiring September 30, and two weeks later we run out of borrowing power to pay our bills (debt ceiling!) — another recess THIS MONTH?
Braley Calls on Speaker to Cancel Weeklong September Congressional Recess
Requests that Boehner keep Congress in session to address Syria, Farm Bill, federal budget
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) is pushing to convince House Speaker John Boehner to cancel a scheduled week-long Congressional recess later this month.
In a letter to Boehner sent today, Braley argues that Congress has too much important business to deal with before the end of the month to take a week-long break.
Braley said, “Congress just spent five weeks away from the Capitol. With so many important issues demanding attention, Congress needs to work – not take another break. Instead of returning home, the US House should be focused on the President’s request to authorize military force in Syria, passing a five-year renewal of the Farm Bill, and passing budget bills that keep the federal government working.”
In July, Braley sent a letter to Speaker Boehner urging him to keep Congress in session until a new Farm Bill was signed into law. However, Boehner allowed the recess to continue.
Full text of today’s letter follows; a signed copy can be downloaded at the following link: http://1.usa.gov/17QhJdm
September 9, 2013
The Honorable Speaker John Boehner
United States House of Representatives
H 232, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner:
I am writing today to urge you to cancel the September recess in the House of Representatives. With the recent events in Syria, the President’s request for authorization of the use of military force requires a robust debate in Congress that should not be rushed. The Congress must also pass critical pieces of legislation such as the Farm Bill and Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations before September 30th. Instead of recessing yet again, the House should remain at work and continue to work to resolve the challenges that lie ahead.
Thank you for your consideration on this matter.