House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has kept Congress on recess for almost a month rather than getting back to work during the coronavirus pandemic, but Americans expect their representatives to go to work, Rep. Michael Waltz said Wednesday.
“I think it’s fine if we have representatives that have underlying conditions and don’t want to travel," the Florida Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "But at the end of the day, any changes to how the House of Representatives has operated for 200-plus years needs to be bipartisan."
Pelosi, he added, "has a history of dropping things on us like she did for the last stimulus package the night before, with only a few hours to read through, and that’s just not acceptable.”
Members of the House are expected to be in session Thursday to vote on the $470 billion relief bill that will add more funding for small businesses, hospitals, and coronavirus testing, and as soon as May, Congress is expected to consider another, larger stimulus plan.
The House was last in full session on March 27 to hold a voice vote on the $2.2 trillion CARES Act.
However, Americans need to get back to work, said Waltz.
"I can't overstate how desperate things are becoming for our economy," he said. "The bottom has fallen out. We have to get to work. We have to help them. (Pelosi) has held this vote up for over a week now. Let's get to work. I just can't say it strongly enough. We are ready to go and let's go."
Meanwhile reopening the economy needs to be done through a localized approach, said Waltz.
He added that he wants to see a payroll tax holiday and liability protection as well.
"We can't have ambulance-chasing trial attorneys starting to sue these businesses because they didn't like how we handled a certain way or we have had cases already where employees get sick and then they start suing their employer," he said. "I want to see those in future legislative packages.
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