Pelosi calls on Boehner to cancel next week's House recess

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to cancel next week’s scheduled House recess, the ninth weeklong break for the lower chamber in 2012.

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“Instead of recessing yet again, the House should remain at work and pass critical legislation that will create jobs for the middle class that will actually be signed into law. Republicans must not run out the clock on the economy,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Boehner released publicly Wednesday. “I call on you to cancel next week’s recess – our ninth weeklong recess of the year – and instead commit the House to working round the clock to address the highway and student loan laws, and to extend the middle-income tax cut without further delay.”

Democrats have mocked the Republican leadership for what they say is a lax legislative schedule. As outlined by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the schedule calls for a pattern of two weeks of in-session time in Washington followed by a weeklong “district work period,” or recess.

Like her predecessors, Pelosi has made a habit of badgering Boehner. Last month she wrote the Speaker calling for an immediate vote on extending Bush-era tax rates only for the middle class.

And like her previous efforts, her letter on Wednesday is likely to be rejected or ignored.