Momentum is building
Momentum is building for my legislation, the Stay on Schedule Resolution (H. Res 43). Just this week Rep. Dave Brat, another Virginian, and I were featured in The Free Lance Star for urging House Leadership to forego August Recess in order to complete our work in Washington. The American public has signaled time and time again that it is frustrated with Washington. For far too long, Congress has failed to fund the federal government in a responsible, long-term manner, and I have consistently argued that Congress should return to doing business on time and end the current cycle of government by crisis as a result of repeated stop-gap budget measures.
The American people are sick and tired of CRs, so H. Res. 43, the Stay on Schedule (S.O.S) resolution, would amend the House procedural rules to prohibit the House from adjourning for the August recess unless it has passed each of the 12 regular appropriation bills for that fiscal year by July 31.
This bill will ensure that Congress is accountable to the American people. It is a simple, common sense initiative that allows Members to show their constituents that they are serious about getting the job done here in Washington.
As I have said for several years and wrote in a letter to the Speaker, Congress should pass appropriations bills on time and should remain in Washington until its work is complete, rather than recess for an unnecessary, out-dated August vacation. The business of the nation must be done in a timely, responsible and transparent manner, and we owe it to the people we represent to take our constitutional duties seriously.
Let me know what you think about my resolution – take my poll, “Should Congress Go On Vacation.” It's an honor to serve you and Virginia's First District in the People's House.