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House GOPers Say Pelosi Has No Plan to Bring House Back Safely as Rest of US Returns to Work

pelosiSpeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has no plan to bring the lower chamber of Congress back to work in the nation’s capital until 2021, according to Republicans on the committee that administers the House of Representatives.

“As an overwhelming majority of the country, including Washington, D.C., has moved into phased physical re-openings, the House’s operating status has not changed,” Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), the ranking Republican on the House Administration Committee, told Pelosi in a June 12 letter obtained by The Epoch Times.

Also signing the letter with Davis were Reps. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) and Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the other Republicans on the administration panel, which is chaired by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.).

“The numerous congressional district offices that have reopened throughout the country have done so with little to no support because of failure to provide support in real time,” the letter continues.

“Furthermore, a transparent plan with clear guidance, timelines, and benchmarks to support a transition to phased reopening has not been made available to offices.

“This has resulted in unnecessary confusion and led many to conclude that House Democrats have no plans of physically showing up to do their job for the remainder of this Congress.”

The current Congress, the 116th since it first convened under the Constitution in 1789, will likely end its official work in late December, but won’t officially conclude until Jan. 3, 2021. The 117th Congress will convene the same day.

A spokesman for Davis said his office hasn’t received a response from Pelosi. A spokesman for Pelosi declined to comment to The Epoch Times about the letter, instead deferring the request to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), whose “office manages the floor schedule.”

Hoyer answers to Pelosi, who as speaker has the final authority to control House proceedings.

The three Republicans told Pelosi they know of no official plan to make the hundreds of offices and support facilities in the Cannon, Longworth, and Rayburn House Office Buildings safe from the CCP virus.

Most House members have Capitol Hill office suites, which consist of three large rooms in which anywhere from 15 to 18 staff members work, as well as varying numbers of offices and staff members working in their home districts.

In addition to the Congressional Budget Office, Library of Congress, and Government Accountability Office staffs and offices, there are also multiple other support staffs that work preparing food, delivering mail, managing parking facilities, overseeing media services, and a host of other activities required to keep the House functioning.

The Capitol Police have continued working throughout the current session of Congress despite the absence of most members and staffers.

Davis, Walker, and Loudermilk said in their letter to Pelosi: “The House must now play catch up to establish specific occupancy recommendations; retrofit and reconfigure spaces; support implementing health monitoring programs, including some level of testing; establish service level agreements for House support offerings and making common-sense adjustments, like the acceptance of digital signatures for routine transactions; provide reopening guidelines for House facilities, such as daycare, fitness centers, and others; adjust business processes for events and visitors; and provide adequate support for committee activities.

“In the limited time remaining in the 116th Congress, there are many important issues that Congress needs to address. We should not be wasting time by making it more difficult for members to do their jobs and should catch up with the rest of the country in a safe physical reopening of the House of Representatives.

“We therefore ask that you immediately expedite the roll-out of support assistance to offices, making it possible for staff and members to work in a safe environment.”

Statewide lockdowns that began in March saw all but the most essential businesses close, and employees, including the more than 20,000 who work for Congress, begin working from home.

The 100 members of the U.S. Senate and 435 House members also stayed away from the Capitol complex for more than six weeks. The Republican-led Senate returned May 4, but Pelosi hasn’t committed to a specific date on which she plans to bring the full House back into session in the chamber on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, congressional committees have held remote hearings with witnesses and members participating via teleconference, and the House was returned temporarily to vote on Pelosi’s $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES) economic recovery package and a proposal to allow House members to vote by proxy.

House Republicans led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) have sued in federal court claiming the proxy voting process adopted by House Democrats violates the Constitution’s requirement that House members be physically present in the chamber to vote.

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Mark Tapscott

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Brenda Blunt
1 month ago

If they don’t want to come back to work, then they should not receive any salary or benefits in any form. Also, be voted out of office.

1 month ago

She is so consumed with hatred for Pres. Trump that she can’t think about anything else. She’s a disgrace to the Country and to the office of Speaker.

Fred J Noel
1 month ago

With any kind of luck. Poison Pelosi will be voted out of office, doubtful given the crooked Democratic machine in California. At the very least hopefully the Republicans will take back Congress and pry the gavel out of her hand.

Arlene McCray
1 month ago

No pay for them. Fire them for not showing up for work. We had to work thru the crisis, retail. They should have also.

H L Howell
1 month ago

pelosi has got to go. she can no longer control the house and has done nothing in three and a half years. what are they being paid ?

Rodney Ernst
1 month ago

This just shows the country the Dems. don’t care for our country, they embrace socialism. I guess they want to be like China, Russia, etc. The people have the power of the vote, and we better use it right come Nov. We complain about all that has gone on ages past, but still vote the same people back in. IT’S TIME TO CHANGE,PEOPLE!!!!!!

1 month ago

Bella Lugosi Pelosi, the Blood Sucking Vampirous Speaker of the House, has no intentions to work/agree with anything that President Trump supports. In fact, both she, Chucky Sclemiel and Rambling Joe ONLY CRITICIZE ANYTHING President Trump says or does. Everything they say and do is to work against President Trump’s reelection. It’s time for term limits AND outlawing all lobbyists for all Congressional representatives AND their staff members.

.Robert Heath
1 month ago

My wife and I drive truck for a living. We must show up to work in order to be paid. We have received no time off during this Chinese flu pandemic. We have not received any of the money giveaways during this Chinese flu pandemic. It is my understanding that the house works for the people. They need to get back to work or resign. I don’t believe the people gave them a year’s vacation. Nancy needs to quit her hate mongering and do her job.

1 month ago

No work, no pay just like the rest of us. Time to change the rules

Ralph S
1 month ago

I always claimed that the Devil didn’t want competition… he’s going to have his hands full when Pelosi reaches his door!

1 month ago

Tell them all to resign!
Bunch of deadbeats!

Gerald Daniel
1 month ago

Most of the members of congress are never in their seats anyway. they are at their respective call centers raising money for their respective parties. They need to pass a law or exective order that states for any day they are not in their seats theyged docked for that days pay. That means they must stay there for the whole day the house or senate is in session.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Why is Cong on eternal vacation?? End this, Treason.
Remedy. ALL voters lobby Pelosi etc.
NO exceptions.
Make= & fair OR we lose

andrew temples
1 month ago

Good solid information. I look forward to it everyday. It is one of the things that keep AMAC well ahead of all the other senior organizations. Keep it up; Good job.

1 month ago

If they don’t want to work cut off their pay. You get paid for doing something. When Nov. comes vote the people who aren’t representing us OUT!

1 month ago

Why would she want to go back to work, they don’t do anything anyway.

R Shoemaker
1 month ago

The playbook for DIMS is to stay in the basement until the election while the liberal press bombards Trump and the GOP. That seems to be working for Biden in the polls right now. Biden, Pelosi, Adam Schiff for brains, and several other high profile DIMS constantly stick their foot in their mouth when they talk, so if they stay in the basement and let the liberal press do their work they believe it will pay off for them.

Jim D.
1 month ago

Only let the representatives that actually show up for work vote on critical issues.
Should get them back pretty quickly.

1 month ago

Hopefully by then, there will be a lot of them gone…including Pelosi and the 4 harpies of the apocalypse!!! Just imagine how nice that would be!! I doubt if we are going to get any work out of them between now and November – after all, they need to be at home to campaign for their re-elections.

Carol Arquette
1 month ago

Stop their salary until they return

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