Congress is back in session, will Republicans do their job?

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Congress is back in session. Democrats are ready for work, but Republicans plan to continue to do nothing. For far too long, House Republicans have stalled America’s progress. We can’t afford to send career politicians like Lloyd Smucker to Washington to do the same.

Remember, the Republican-controlled Congress left in July for a “7-week vacation with little to show for it.” With just 4 weeks left before they break – again – for the election, Republicans don’t have much time to finally do something and prove to voters they have a record to be proud of.

Reflecting on the 114th Congress, and the commitments made by many House Republicans at its start, here is just a small sample of things that should easily have been accomplished by now.

Zika: Over the last 7 weeks, the Zika outbreak has only worsened, with the virus actively circulating and the CDC is nearly out of money. Will House Republicans stop playing games and finally fully fund the Administration’s request to fight Zika?  Lloyd Smucker will follow the status quo and continue to kick the can down the road on this and other important issues.

Immigration: When it comes to fixing our broken immigration system, the GOP’s nominee, Donald Trump, has an approach that has been called “a humanitarian and economic disaster that will sunder families, upend communities and subvert American workplaces and businesses.” Will we see anything better from the GOP? Considering Speaker Ryan callously traded away any attempt at immigration reform to secure his rise to power, it’s not likely.  Lloyd Smucker believes Donald Trump is “better equipped” to be commander-in-chief and endorses his reckless rhetoric and policies.

Government Funding: After blowing right past the April budget deadline, the GOP-led Congress has brought us just weeks away from a government shutdown…again. And in typical fashion, the Republicans prove they can’t be trusted to govern by failing to agree on a path forward on one of the most basic responsibilities Congress has.  Lloyd Smucker will follow the status quo and continue to kick the can down the road on this and other important issues.

No Fly, No Buy: House Republicans have already refused to debate legislation to keep individuals on the FBI terror watchlist from buying firearms 24 times. Americans are looking to their leaders to keep them safe, but if they think they can count on House Republicans to act on something as simple and straightforward as this, we’ve got a bridge to sell them.  Lloyd Smucker will follow the status quo and continue to kick the can down the road on this and other important issues.

Voting Rights: This will be the first presidential election in decades where voters will go to the ballot box without the critical non-discrimination protections provided by the Voting Rights Act. House Republicans have continually refused to restore voting rights protections, leaving millions of people of color vulnerable to voter suppression.  Lloyd Smucker will follow the status quo and continue to kick the can down the road on this and other important issues.