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I thought you might be interested in my recent thoughts about Congress taking an August "recess" when so much work remains to be done. The following appeared in the Congressional Record on July 29, 2015:

SPEECH OF

HON. ROBERT J. WITTMAN
OF VIRGINIA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015

  • Mr. WITTMAN. Mr. Speaker, I am disappointed that Congress plans to adjourn for August recess without addressing critical issues important to the American people.
  • I appreciate that district work periods allow Members to visit with folks back in their community, but it is now becoming a habit for Congress to abandon a long ``to do'' list in the rush to get out of town. This August is no exception.
  • Unfortunately, Congress has not done its job. It has not completed the work of the people; including budgeting and critical national security legislation. Our constituents expect us to stay and finish the job.
  • Let's clear our schedules and--in the strongest possible terms--request the Speaker to call Congress back to Washington for the month of August and to finish the business of the people.
  • As I have said in previous years on the eve of August recess, I'm prepared to stay in Washington as long as it takes.
  • These issues are too important to delay. 

I have asked the Speaker to call the House back into session. I am ready to complete the work of the people.

Sincerely,

Rob

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