October 2, 2010/Paulding County, GA– As Congress adjourned for the October recess after working an abbreviated two-day week, Congressman Phil Gingrey of the 11th Congressional District that encompasses Paulding County talks about the latest actions in Congress this past week which amounted to less than what the American people expected.
“This is quite the opposite of what the American people expected when they entrusted the Democrats with control of Congress. In 2007, the newly minted Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, promised that Congress would remain in session for full five-day work weeks, just like most Americans. Three years later, Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic Congress have all but forgotten the promise they made to hardworking taxpayers. With the expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts looming, the failure to pass a National Defense Authorization Act, and the ongoing absence of a budget for the next fiscal year — taking more time off should be the last thing on the Democratic Leadership’s mind,” Gingrey said.
“Unfortunately, the flagship accomplishments of this session of the Democrat-led Congress include a failed “stimulus” bill and a government takeover of our nation’s healthcare system. In addition, Congress has not passed any of the twelve annual appropriations bills, or even bothered to consider a budget for Fiscal Year 2011, which begins today. House Democrats gave up on a budget for next year despite that our national debt is still burgeoning at over $13.5 trillion and counting, choosing instead to head home early to hit the campaign trail. It is obvious they care more about the next election than about the next generation.”
“In contrast, House Republicans stand ready to work on positive solutions. In last week’s newsletter, I told you about our new Pledge to America. Following through on a promise to fight for the proposals in the Pledge immediately, we forced a vote this past Wednesday to permanently end the TARP program. In addition, we also brought a motion to the floor to repeal ObamaCare, and finally, all Republicans stood united against the Democratic Adjournment Resolution because we would rather stay here to extend the expiring tax cuts than hit the campaign trail. Unfortunately, the Democratic Majority defeated these measures, but I assure you that we will not stop trying until we pass the reforms that people have said they want and need”, said Congressman Gingrey.
Gingrey stated that despite the short legislative week, he was able to spend valuable time with constituents of Georgia’s 11th Congressional district.
He also said that he had the honor of meeting with the Small Business Technology Council and Dr. Ash Thakker, who presented him with their Milton Stewart Award, such an award is given to individuals who have worked on behalf of American small business technology companies.
In other related news, this past Tuesday, Congressman Gingrey received the “A in English Award” from U.S. English for his work in promoting English as the official language of our nation.
Also, he welcomed to Washington the Carlton J. Kell High School Robotics Team. The team delivered an impressive presentation to the Congressional Robotics Caucus, which Gingrey is, co-chairman. He also had the honor of speaking with a member of the National Youth Leadership Council, Hayden Salyer.