Pelosi Remarks at Democratic Bicameral Press Event to Tell GOP: Cancel Recess and #DoYourJob

May 26, 2016
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today at a bicameral press event with House and Senate Democrats to tell Republicans in Congress to cancel recess and #DoYourJob.  As the Republican Congress leaves for yet another recess, House and Senate Republicans still have not taken meaningful action on the Zika virus, the opioid epidemic, the Flint water crisis and the President’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.  Below are the Leader’s opening and closing remarks:

Leader Pelosi’s Opening Remarks:

“In the interest of the heat, we are going to be brief and crisp.

[Laughter]

“Good morning, everyone.  Democrats from the Senate and the House are gathered on the steps of the Capitol with a simple message to our Republican colleagues: ‘Do Your Job’.

[Applause]

“The Republican Congress is about to leave for an almost two-week recess.  Republicans are leaving Washington without having completed any of the urgent business before Congress.  On issue after issue, the American people are telling Congress: ‘Do Your Job’.  But the Republicans refuse.  Republicans recklessly block action on public health crises facing our nation.  They have recklessly chosen to obstruct the robust action needed to protect families from Zika, the new resources needed to confront the opioid addition, the help needed for the lead-poisoned children of Flint, also the fair hearing and prompt vote owed to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

“The Republicans block action to support good-paying jobs to grow American’s paychecks and to build an economy that works for everyone.  The American people are fed up with Republicans’ relentless and reckless obstruction.  We have work to do.  Cancel the recess.  Stay here.  Do your job.  And now I’m pleased to yield to the distinguished Democratic Leader of the United States Senate Harry Reid.”

Leader Pelosi’s Closing Remarks

“Thank you very much, Dan Kildee.  I thank Senator Reid, Senator Nelson, Chairman Butterfield, Congresswoman Kuster and Congressman Kildee for their very strong words to say to the Congress, to the Republicans in Congress: Don’t shortchange the American people; don’t shortchange us on the Zika virus; don’t shortchange us on the opioid epidemic; don’t shortchange the children of Flint who challenge the conscience of our country; and, don’t shortchange justice by not appointing [a new] Justice [to] the Supreme Court.

“It’s time for us not to shortchange the American people on what we do for a living.  And we’re calling on the Republicans to ‘Do Your Job’.”