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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

O'Halleran Sends Letter Urging Speaker Ryan to Cancel August Recess

June 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter, signed by 15 other members of Congress, urging  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to follow the lead of the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and cancel August recess for the House of Representatives.

“With so much at stake for the communities we represent and so much unfinished business before our chamber, we urge you to follow Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s decision to remain in session during the August recess,” the lawmakers wrote to the Speaker. “Most hardworking Americans don’t get a month off, and neither should Members of Congress. Instead, we should be in Washington working overtime and focusing on priorities for families and communities.”

The lawmakers noted four key areas where work is left to be completed, in addition to other pressing issues, including:

  • Passing remaining appropriations bills on time and under regular order;
  • Passing an infrastructure bill that creates good-paying jobs, rebuilds our roads and bridges, and deploys quality broadband technology to rural communities;
  • Stabilizing health care for families and businesses poised to face skyrocketing premiums;
  • Passing a permanent solution for DREAMers and their families.

“With so many outstanding issues affecting our communities, we cannot afford a five week break,” continued the lawmakers. “Cancelling the August recess will give us the time to draft, debate, and vote on bipartisan proposals to fund the government, pass an infrastructure bill, stabilize health care premiums, and provide stability to DREAMers.”

This letter comes after Rep. O’Halleran previously called on Speaker Ryan to cancel August recess following the Senate’s decision to stay and work on pressing issues through the month.

Read the ful letter here.