WASHINGTON – House Democrats called upon President Bush Tuesday to order Congress back into session so it can deal with recommendations made by the Sept. 11 commission (search) to reform the intelligence community.
Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (search) of California has even turned the Sept. 11 commission recommendations into a piece of legislation. She told the president to stop making excuses for not getting the work done.
"Let's not try to find reasons why we should stay home, we shouldn't come here, we shouldn't do this, and this. We have a responsibility, we have a job to do. The question is why aren't we here doing it," Pelosi said after a specially called meeting of House Democrats in Washington, D.C., attended by roughly half the caucus.
Pelosi's accusations were perplexing to Rep. Duncan Hunter (search), R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, which had a hearing on the same day as the charges.
"Congress is working right now. I invite them to come over and listen to the hearings," he said.
The president and Republican House leaders do not seem inclined to follow Pelosi's recommendation, believing that the 15 scheduled hearings taking place during the August break is valuable committee work.
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