Washington (CNN) - MoveOn.org will announce on Thursday that nearly 30,000 Americans have signed a new petition by the progressive group that calls on Congress to return their paychecks "if they are not planning to do any more work this year."
The group tells CNN the signatures were collected in the past 48 hours.
The group says it launched the petition after some GOP leaders in Congress were quoted in media stories saying they had no plans to vote for important legislation until after November's midterm election.
"Congress has a long to-do list. They should be considering legislation to raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment insurance, pass comprehensive immigration reform, and create more jobs," said Nick Berning, Communications Director of MoveOn Political Action. "It is shameful that it is only February and Congressional Republicans are already throwing in the towel for the year."
The most recent approval ratings for Congress in national public opinion polling stand in the low to mid teens, just above all-time lows.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report