‘Bare minimum’: McCarthy blasts Pelosi for leading least active House in modern history

In 2007, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made history by becoming the first woman ever to be sworn in as speaker of the House. It appears that she’s about to make history again — but this time around, it’s due to leading the least active House voting schedule in modern history. 

As Fox News reported, the House of Representatives 2022 legislative calendar has been released, and, bizarrely, it has only 100 voting days scheduled. The calendar was heavily criticized by Pelosi’s GOP opponents.

Embarrassing numbers

When lumped in with the 103 House voting days held in 2021, it means Pelosi will have presided over the least active House voting schedule in modern congressional history.

The network drew a contrast with the 114th and 113th Congresses, both of which operated under Republican control. Those terms saw the House meet 230 days, and 244 days, respectively.

McCarthy hits Pelosi

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Fox News that the new legislative agenda points to a clear lack of leadership.

“With the release of the 2022 calendar, House Democrats have officially scheduled the least amount of in-session voting days of any Congress in modern history,” McCarthy explained.

“At a time when Americans across the country are paying more and earning less amid soaring inflation, rising gas prices, and supply chain shortages, House Democrat leadership has decided their caucus will do the bare minimum,” the California Republican added.

The GOP lawmaker concluded by declaring: “President Biden and the Democrat Party have failed to lead — and now Speaker Pelosi’s caucus is failing to even show up to work.”

Lazy House Dems?

McCarthy’s communications chief Mark Bednar spoke up on the matter, asking in a tweet why House Democrats appear reluctant “to show up to work.”

“The 117th Congress is on track for the FEWEST voting days in modern Congressional history,” he pointed out, stressing that the new scheduled represented even fewer days than the House met in 2020, despite legitimate concerns over COVID-19 at a time when the virus was still relatively new.

However, some Twitter users saw an upside to the decrease in activity, with one user tweeting, “This is not a bad thing. The less Congress does the better off we all are.”

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