WASHINGTON (WAVY) - Rep. Scott Rigell wants Congress to work through the August recess, and will vote against a resolution allowing adjournment.
H.Res. 322 includes language to allow the House of Representatives to adjourn for the summer recess. The recess includes several weeks of district work days for representatives.
But Rigell (R-2) insists Congress must work through the recess, and he isn't alone. Sen. Mark Warner, (D-Va.) is also calling for Congress to keep working to fix sequestration.
Rigell released the following statement Thursday on why he is voting no on H.Res. 322:
"Though leaving Washington for five weeks in the summer may be House tradition, it is not wise. I will be voting 'no' on the rule allowing the House to adjourn.
Throughout my district, hard-working men and women are being furloughed because the President and Congress have failed to agree upon a solution to sequestration. In the House of Representatives, we have passed just four of the 12 spending bills that fund the federal government.
If we recess for five consecutive weeks, as called for in the House calendar, that leaves just nine legislative days remaining in the fiscal year to finish critical work.
Regardless of how it may be explained or rationalized, a vote for the rule is a vote to adjourn. And adjournment ensures we will resort to yet another CR to fund the government. I respectfully, but firmly, reject the premise that CRs are acceptable and inevitable.
We must change the way business is conducted in Congress, which starts with a change in the House calendar."
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