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Republicans Go On Break, Leaving Lifesaving Work Undone

July 15, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – On Thursday, House Republicans ended the Congressional work period early, starting a seven week summer recess without passing legislation to address gun violence, the Zika virus, or the Flint water crisis. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

“It is shameful that Republicans would not only refuse to vote on these lifesaving bills, but that they actually chose to end session early without addressing critical problems in our country.

“Every day in the U.S., 91 people are killed by guns. People like 4-year-old Salvador Esparza, who was shot and killed on his front porch in Altadena last week. That is why I joined over 350 people in front of Pasadena City Hall last Sunday for a prayer vigil to call for an end to violence. And it is why Democrats, faith leaders, advocates, and families and victims of gun violence held a vigil on the Capitol steps last night. Yet Republicans in Congress refuse to listen, not even voting to pass a single bill to keep the most dangerous weapons out of the most dangerous hands.

“They also have not addressed the clean water crisis in Flint Michigan or provided funding for combatting the Zika virus. There have been 1,306 confirmed Zika cases in the U.S. alone, including 346 pregnant women. But without Congressional action, we face another seven weeks, at least, before we can provide the funding that scientists and public health experts say is necessary to help control the spread of Zika.

“Now is the time for Congress to take action to save lives. That is what the American people elected us to do.”