First Republicans in Congress helped the Bush Administration destroy the economy. Then they held the economy hostage over the debt ceiling demanding austerity measures all the while protecting the 1% and corporate tax dodgers. Their shenanigans lowered the US’s credit rating.
The only solution President Obama could negotiate with them was a short term solution that if Congress couldn’t permanently deal with the debt ceiling, we’d have massive across-the-board cuts called sequestration.
Now with sequestration looming, what have Republicans in the US House done? They’re going on vacation.
“With millions of jobs and our nation’s economy in the balance, and only four legislative days left until the March first sequester triggering drastic, across the board spending cuts that will negatively affect every senior citizen, every child, and every middle class family in my district and across America, the Republican leadership adjourned the Congress this morning for nine days,” says Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL-MN).
Nolan and Democrats in Congress voted against adjourning.
“Politics aside, the people of Minnesota’s 8th District expect and demand that their Congress stay at work to achieve a bipartisan, balanced solution to our budget and debt situation,” Nolan continued. “A solution that includes responsible spending cuts, increased revenues, and economic growth to generate the middle class jobs we so desperately need.”
“We simply cannot continue to govern this great nation by crisis management,” Nolan concluded. “I will continue to do all within my power to get this Congress working again for middle class Americans who expect no less.”