"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."

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Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation House to hold public impeachment hearings next week 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 GaramendiThis week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington Trump labels Tlaib 'a despicable human being' Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify 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 CantorMeet Trump's most trusted pollsters Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington GOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' 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.