WASHINGTON, D.C. – (July 31, 2014) - U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a 16-term member, today expressed her dismay at the collapse of leadership in the House of Representatives and urged Speaker John Boehner to restore regular order and decorum as soon as possible.

Kaptur, the longest-serving member of the House, said, “I cannot recall in my career such chaos.”

She said that apparently Republican leadership was “doublecrossed” by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who conspired with Tea Party members last night and urged them to oppose compromise legislation to address the situation on America’s southern border.

“As a result, the House schedule was thrown to the winds, and Members were told to wait for further instructions,” Kaptur said.

“At this moment, we have no idea whether or not the leadership will manage to schedule a vote on this important legislation. The House was gaveled to recess with no indication of when, or even if, it might be reconvened.

“How discourteous this is to our constituents, our staffs and their families, and frankly to the Members themselves. We plan our complex schedules around clear direction from leadership, who totally control the floor business. Some Members apparently already had left. Everything is in disarray. There is no certainty and no predictability in this chamber. Most important, there is no leadership on pressing issues such as jobs and immigration.

“What a sad day for our beloved House.”

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