Dems press GOP to continue committee work during October

"As the senior Democrats on the House committees, we reiterate our strong desire for our committees to conduct official business during October," they said. "We are prepared to work with our chairs to schedule hearings and legislative action in our committees throughout this month, instead of remaining inactive."

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Democrats noted that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday on the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. Republicans are expected to continue to press for more clarification on why the Obama White House claimed the attacks were the spontaneous result of a movie critical of the Prophet Muhammad, especially when the State Department is now saying it was a premeditated attack.

Regardless, Democrats pressed Republicans on why other committees weren't holding hearings on other issues.

"Why can't other committees we serve on as ranking Democratic members conduct business that is critical to meeting the needs of the middle class during this long recess?" they asked.

They said Democrats have held unofficial hearings, but that the GOP should also be holding "official and formal hearings on the issues that affect our economy and the American people."