DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on House Republicans’ Failure to Govern

Washington, DC – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the House GOP’s continued inability to govern:

“As has been par for the course for the House of Representatives under Republican control, Speaker Boehner and Republican leadership have wasted taxpayer time and money on legislation that does nothing to address the critical issues facing our nation.

“With Congress preparing to depart for the August recess, the Republican House used that time to vote to sue the President and on Republican infighting. Congress had an opportunity to take action that would help American families, by focusing on things like creating more good paying jobs, passing the paycheck fairness act or reforming student loans. We could have passed comprehensive immigration reform, or at least fulfilled President Obama’s request for additional funding to address the border crisis and take care of the unaccompanied children fleeing to our borders. Instead, Republicans scrambled to get the votes for any bill to address this crisis– no matter how far-right they made it – and in the end passed a piece of legislation that has no chance of becoming law and doesn’t adequately address the crisis at the border. In fact, their bill could make the situation worse by setting arbitrary deadlines for deportation hearings and weakening due process for children. They also voted to gut the Deferred Action program that is currently giving DREAMers relief from deportation.

“As members return home to their districts, House Republicans’ display of incompetence and misplaced priorities will be fresh in the minds of their constituents, only helping Democrats make the case this November that it is the Democratic Party who is on the side of middle class families.”

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