House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other members of the Democratic leadership are calling on Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanHispanic Dems warn Latinos will be hit hard by ObamaCare repeal Schumer puts GOP on notice over ObamaCare repeal GOP must avoid Dems' mistakes when replacing ObamaCare MORE to delay the upcoming holiday recess to consider public health emergency funding.
In a Friday letter to the Wisconsin Republican, the Democratic lawmakers urged postponing the two-week Easter recess that starts midway through next week until the House takes action on funding to address the Flint water crisis, Zika virus and opioid epidemic.
“The House must not adjourn before we take action to address these emergencies threatening the lives and the futures of so many American families,” they wrote.
A deal to provide assistance for people affected by the contaminated water in Flint, Mich., is still under negotiation in the Senate.
The House is expected to adjourn for its recess next Wednesday afternoon and won’t return until April 12. The Senate, meanwhile, adjourned on Thursday until April 4.
A relatively light legislative schedule is expected during the House's upcoming truncated workweek. Apart from multiple noncontroversial bills considered under suspension of the rules, the House is only slated to consider a measure regarding antitrust laws.
House Republicans have typically scheduled floor votes for their annual budgets within a week after committee approval in recent years. But Republicans currently don't have the votes to pass this year's budget due to internal divisions over spending levels, meaning the blueprint advanced out of the House Budget Committee on Wednesday night won't get a vote next week.
The letter was signed by Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (S.C.), Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraMortgages rise out of reach for many Latinos House Hispanic Dems vie for more committee assignments Calif. lawmakers hire Eric Holder to fight Trump MORE (Calif.), Caucus Vice Chairman Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Lujan (N.M.), and Reps. Steve Israel (N.Y.), Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Donna Edwards (Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (Md.).