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This August, House Republicans should ‘Occupy the Capitol’: Examiner Editorial
Congress is scheduled to begin its August recess next week. In most years, August is a time when Americans can breathe easy as Washington politicians suspend their usual routines for a few weeks. Not this year, thanks to an urgent humanitarian crisis of child migration on America’s southern border.
The situation is dire enough to demand immediate congressional input. Last week, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren asked a senior House Republican, former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., why Congress shouldn’t stick around for the month in something resembling an “Occupy Washington” protest.
“I love protests,” Van Susteren said. “Why don’t all of your members in the House, Democrats and Republicans, stay in Washington next week and insist that it be resolved … Make a statement to the American people that you actually give a damn?” Van Susteren asked how, with 30 House members and 14 senators explicitly calling the border situation a crisis, could Congress leave town and start campaigning after making only a half-hearted attempt to solve the problem.
Ros-Lehtinen was hesitant to agree to this, and the House is indeed unlikely to forgo its customary summer break. For one thing, the August recess in election years marks the beginning of campaign season. Even if House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, were to sacrifice some or all of this time for his caucus, nobody would expect Senate Democrats to follow suit.
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