Steyer calls on Pelosi to cancel six-week 'vacation' for Congress

Steyer calls on Pelosi to cancel six-week 'vacation' for Congress
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Billionaire activist and White House hopeful Tom SteyerTom SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline MORE on Monday called for Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level MORE (D-Calif.) to cancel Congress's August recess.

President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE is tearing our country apart. His trade wars are taxing American workers. His immigration policies are separating parents from their children. His crimes and corruption are threatening the rule of law. And his racist rhetoric is pitting Americans against each other,” Steyer said in a statement.

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“The Constitution is very clear: Congress has oversight over the president. So what’s their response? They’re going on vacation for six weeks. Seriously? We’re in a crisis. That’s why I’m asking Speaker Pelosi to cancel summer vacation, and conduct daily public oversight hearings to hold Trump accountable for his crimes, corruption, and racism," he added.

Pelosi's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Steyer, who entered a crowded Democratic field earlier this month, called on fellow presidential candidates to join his push for canceling recess.

The House is set to begin its annual August recess later this week and return on Sept. 9. The Senate is slated to commence its break on Aug. 2 and return the same time as House lawmakers.

Steyer has made "reforming our broken political system" a key focus of his campaign.

Earlier this month he set out his reform plan that includes setting term limits for members of Congress and cracking down on the influence of money in politics.