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February 11, 2013

Pelosi urges no President's Day recess

Congress is due to take a week-long recess for President's Day next week, even though automatic spending cuts are due to go into effect March 1.

Don't let the House leave, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged Monday.

 “Last month’s disappointing GDP report was a direct result of the economic uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff, the looming sequester crisis, and expected cuts to our defense industry.  Now, these cuts threaten further damage to our economic recovery, job creation, the middle class, and military readiness," she said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

“The House should not recess and Members of Congress should not go home until we finish our work, reach an agreement, and avert this crisis.  Democrats are eager to work with Republicans to find solutions, not sequesters.  We have put a responsible plan on the table to create growth with jobs, strengthen the middle class, and reduce the deficit in a balanced way.”

No response from Boehner yet.


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