Sen. Mitch McConnell announces August recess cancelled

07 June, 2018, 02:45 | Author: Carlos George
  • Mitch McConnell Cancels Senate’s August Recess, Blames Dems: ‘Historic Obstruction’

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled most of the chamber's August recess, bowing to calls from GOP lawmakers to stay in Washington to finish work on nominations and undercutting election campaigning by Democrats who have more than a half dozen incumbents at risk in November. McConnell said that to make progress on spending bills and nominations, "it's necessary for us to be here in August and to do our work".

McConnell said that he's chose to cancel the usual summer getaway "due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees".

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Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump will meet at the White House on Tuesday to discuss a measure before Congress aimed at tightening investment rules to better protect national security, Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters on Tuesday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has not shared McConnell's enthusiasm for canceling the August recess.

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McConnell, R-Ky., said he made a decision to shorten the usual summer getaway "due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees" and to work on must-pass spending bills. McConnell said last month that he considers confirming judges his top priority.

The additional workweeks in August mean that endangered Democratic senators on the ballot this year will face a dilemma: Stay in Washington and attend to Senate business during time they could otherwise use to campaign back home or remain in their states and face criticism that they are shirking their responsibilities in government. "This is a national security issue", Cornyn told reporters. "Given the urgency of these weeks, we presume he won't be jetting off to Bedminster or Mar-a-Lago or spending countless hours on the golf course", Schumer said, in reference to two of Trump's favorite self-owned destinations.

"You know Mitch McConnell will do anything to keep all of us from going back to our constituents, touching base with them".

Hirono also objected to McConnell's charges of obstructionism against Trump nominees, saying, "If anything, there have been more confirmations fast-tracked to lifetime appointments to the judiciary, appointments of people who fit the ideological, conservative, right-wing Federalist Society perspective that Trump wants to put on the judiciary for lifetime appointments".

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