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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke at his weekly press conference today about how, despite all the challenges this country is facing, Democrats plan to reduce the total number of working days in the first session of the 117th Congress by 25 percent. Leader McCarthy also called on House Democrats once again to put people above politics and help provide COVID relief for Americans hurting from lockdowns and restrictions.

“Earlier this morning Republicans approved the ranking members for the 117th Congress. The American people delivered a mandate against socialism and for real solutions. These members will help deliver that.

“As many of you have reported there has been some movement this week towards a relief package for Americans hurting from the coronavirus and lockdowns and restrictions.

“For months Speaker Pelosi has done nothing to help Americans that are hurting…

  • 60 percent of business closures due to COVID restrictions are now permanent.
  • This week, it was reported that 37 percent of small businesses in Massachusetts have shut down permanently. 
  • 83 percent of small business owners support more relief…

“I’ve been working closely with President Trump, Secretary Mnuchin, and Leader McConnell, and the relief package McConnell introduced this week delivers real support for those who need it: small businesses, schools, and Americans who lost their jobs.

“It also will ensure our vaccines reach every American who wants it — starting with the most vulnerable. 

“We have to get to work on this. We have to get it done. But ‘working’ is not something this majority has a good record on.

“Just look at the floor schedule this week: Democrats want to focus on cannabis and cats, not COVID relief.

“You’d think after a humiliating defeat at the ballot box this year, where Democrats didn’t defeat one Republican incumbent, that Democrats would get the picture that Americans are demanding action on issues that matter to them. 

“It certainly doesn’t appear so that in the next Congress anything will change.

“Yesterday, the Democrats released next year’s House schedule. The average number of days working in the first session in the past four Congresses has been 134 days.

“You would think that with all the challenges this country has that we would work more, or at the very least the same amount of time. No, Democrats think Congress needs a 25% reduction.

“You don’t even need to show up for work. Sixty Democrats yesterday — one-third of them — didn’t show up for work, just voted by proxy, and still got paid.

“And now, they find out they don’t even have to work as much as before… it will probably become the laziest Congress we have ever had.”