For the eight time this recess, House Democrats took to the floor of the House this morning to call on Republicans to return to work on behalf of America’s women, middle class and seniors. The House GOP ignored Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s calls to return to work to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and cut her microphone. The Hill reports:
“Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) gaveled in the session, and as expected, he quickly gaveled out after presiding over a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. He was interrupted only by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), who tried but failed to get permission to speak. Democrats have been using the twice-weekly pro forma sessions since late September to call for a resumption of work, arguing that uncertainty over tax policy and pending cuts under the sequester demand that these issues not be resolved at the last minute in December.”
Rep. McCollum expressed her disdain with the way the GOP refused to recognize her request to speak:
Minn Dem Rep McCollum after GOP wouldnt recognize her on floor during pro forma: “I just got shelved like a binder”
— Deirdre Walsh (@deirdrewalshcnn) October 19, 2012
Here’s video of what transpired on the floor:
Republicans left Washington with a long list of unfinished business – creating jobs, extending middle class tax cuts, passing a bipartisan Farm bill, acting on the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, and working to prevent the draconian cuts to domestic and veterans’ programs required by the sequester. Recessing earlier than any Congress in 50 years to campaign to keep their jobs, House Republicans know they can’t defend their record of voting six times to end Medicare as we know it and raise premiums on fifty-nine percent of Medicare beneficiaries. House Democrats stand ready to act with real solutions. It’s time for House Republicans to take responsibility – the clock is ticking.