Pelosi calls on Ryan to delay Easter recess

Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other members of the Democratic leadership are calling on Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanLadies, don’t give it up for Trump California National Guard official: Congress knew about bonus repayments Poll: GOP voters trust Trump more than Ryan to lead party 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.

The Obama administration has made emergency funding requests of $1.9 billion to halt the spread of the Zika virus and $600 million for opioid addiction treatment programs. 

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 BecerraDems double down on Nevada Latino vote Clinton makes new push to win the House Dems bullish on Hispanic support, turnout 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.).