"This has been another wasted week by a do-nothing Congress and we're about to begin a week-long recess once again," he said. "Congress could do better. Congress must do better. Americans expect Congress to do better."


Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyJudge issues nationwide injunction against Postal Service changes House panel advances bill to ban Postal Service leaders from holding political positions Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' MORE (D-Va.) listed a series of issues that he called "orphans" because they have not yet been addressed. These also include whether to extend the Bush/Obama tax levels, how to handle the payroll tax and the alternative minimum tax, and how to get around the next debt-ceiling fight.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) joined his colleagues by saying some believe Republicans are looking to sabotage economic growth through inaction.

"I'm not here to say that the Republicans are sabotaging the economy in order to gain advantage in the election, but there are a lot of people who believe that is the case," he said.

It fell to Rep. John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiWuhan is the final straw: The world needs to divest from China GOP seizes on 'defund the police' to galvanize base Peace Corps faces uncertain future with no volunteers in field MORE (D-Calif.) to make the motion to adjourn the House shortly after 1 p.m., which he did by noting that more could be done.

"Having accomplished absolutely nothing this week on jobs, we may as well adjourn and I move to adjourn," he said.

Last week, House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Campaign Report: Florida hangs in the balance Eric Cantor teams up with former rival Dave Brat in supporting GOP candidate in former district Bottom line MORE (R-Va.) said he is aware of all of these pending issues, and that Republicans are working to resolve them.

The House and Senate are currently negotiating a federal highway bill, and Republicans have offered a few proposals to Democrats on how to resolve the student loan issue.

The tax issue, however, is looming large. Some are saying the possibility of increased taxes and required federal spending cuts — the so-called "fiscal cliff" — would cause a real shock to the economy, and will necessitate bipartisan cooperation on how to avoid this shock.