House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday slammed John Boehner (Ohio), her Republican successor to the Speaker position, for not working Congress hard enough.
"We maybe worked people too hard, I don't know," Pelosi said, criticizing Boehner for only keeping Congress in session for "about 210 days since [Republicans] took the majority."
Pelosi, who held the Speaker position from 2007 until 2011, when the GOP took the majority in the House, noted that setting the schedule was up to the current Speaker.
"I don’t control the schedule, I’m not the Speaker," she said. "But this schedule this year is a schedule that we’ve never seen before, two weeks in, one week out, like that."
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Pelosi also pointed out that she has remained in Washington working even though the House is in recess. She indicated that the House still has work to do, such as passing a Federal Aviation Administration funding bill. The federal agency could remain partially shut down until September if Congress does not pass an extension.
Although Pelosi said she has had "a good rapport with John Boehner" in the past, she said she'd have to wait and see how their working relationship proceeded in the aftermath of the contentious debt-limit debates.
"I treated him with great respect when he was [minority leader], and I respect the position that he holds now," she said. "We can find areas of agreement."