On September 20, 2013 Rep. Ami Bera of California asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute reagrding a scheduled recess in the House.
“Madam Speaker, we have 10 short days before this government could shut down. Yet today, after working only 9 days this month, Congress is about to go on recess. We shouldn’t be leaving here today. We should be staying, working, and coming to a real agreement, not some partisan ploy.
If the government shuts down, our Active Duty military could face working without pay. Their families could suffer. Our veterans who are already facing unreasonable wait times could go with delayed benefits. And seniors who have paid for years into Social Security and Medicare may not get the services that they need. This is completely unacceptable.
Americans are sick and tired of partisan fighting. They want Congress to do their job and work. Let’s put theireconomic security first. Let’s actually pass a reasonable budget. Let’s rebuild the middle class. Ten days, Madam Speaker. Let’s do our work”, said Rep. Bera (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov).