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House Dems Vote Down Adjournment Motion

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House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., gestures during a news conference on the payroll tax cut on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Making a political point that the House should not adjourn for August recess with so many big issues still facing the country, House Democrats voted Thursday not to adjourn for the August recess, forcing the chamber to meet in pro-forma session throughout the recess. 

The adjournment resolution failed 150-265, with all the Democrats and 78 Republicans voting not to adjourn.

"Mr. Speaker, we are now at some point and time going to conclude four weeks in session with little to show for it. Over the past month, the Republican Do-Nothing Congress has continued its relentless pursuit of message over substance," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said on the House floor. 

Interestingly, the Democrats' move was more message than substance. After the vote, Democrats fled for the exits as fast as Republicans and no legislative work is scheduled to get done until they return in September. 

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