Do Your Job

Our country faces challenges—and we need leaders in Washington who are giving their all to try to solve the problems our country faces.  We need them to do their jobs.

We need leaders who are working as hard as the constituents they represent—constituents who go to work every day, working hard to pay their mortgages, put food on the table, cover college costs, and put away a little bit for retirement.

The American people have pride in their work—and they can’t just skip out on their job whenever they want and still collect a paycheck.

But that is exactly what Republicans in Congress have done.

This year, Republican leadership called a seven-week recess, the longest summer recess since the Senate starting taking them in the 1960s, according to Senator Reid.  Yet they will still be collecting their paychecks.  They skipped town with so much left undone—they’ve yet to do anything about Zika, gun violence prevention, undrinkable water in Flint, and the Supreme Court vacancy.

They haven’t worked on pay equity or to raise the minimum wage.  They’ve refused to act on a host of lower-court judges.  They haven’t funded the government.

These are important issues. They are life and death issues.  They deserve serious attention from serious leaders.

But all Republican leaders in Washington care about is their reelection.  They are dodging these important issues and refusing to do their jobs.

In fact, in 2016 the Republican Senate is on track to work the least number of days it has since 1956.

That’s why we have to tell them when they are back home for such a long time this summer—it’s time to Do Your Job.

Questions to Ask:

  1. What do you say to pregnant women in your district worried about Zika—why did you leave Washington without securing the funding that health officials soberly tell us is necessary to combat this crisis?
  2. We have an epidemic of gun violence and there are smart solutions Congress can take right now to try to save more lives.  Why did you leave Washington without passing legislation to make sure people who are deemed too dangerous to fly can’t buy a gun?
  3. It’s now been more than 125 days—the longest in Supreme Court history–since Judge Garland has been nominated to the Supreme Court.  He is eminently qualified and received the endorsement of the nonpartisan American Bar Association. Why do you think it’s justified that the US Senate has refused to give him a hearing and a vote?  Can you please point out in the Constitution where it says that the US Senate doesn’t have to do its job during an election year?
  4. What do you say to your constituents who don’t understand why you deserve a seven-week recess when you get paid $174,000 a year?
  5. Will you give your paycheck back, since you aren’t doing your job?