McConnell Cancels August Recess Over ‘Historic Obstruction by Senate Democrats’

Ebony Scott
June 10, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed colleagues on Tuesday that the August recess, during which lawmakers return to their home states for constituent work and campaigning, will not be a full five weeks this year. "It doesn't make it any less necessary, the task of getting a spending bill passed this summer before we adjourn for the August recess", said Republican Sen.

Republican senators were aware of the direction that McConnell seemed to be headed before his formal announcement.

Senators will reportedly be able to spend the first week of August in their home state.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he still needed to see the proposal.

That means it would undercut what has become a primary weapon in the administration's hardline ongoing trade negotiations with countries across the world - including close US allies in the EU, Canada and Mexico. "It just doesn't pass the laugh test".

Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, presented the schedule change as an opportunity for lawmakers to pass spending legislation and to approve more of President Trump's nominees.

The House's version of the defense budget bill also gives the secretary of defense the authority to fund a military parade in Washington, D.C., to satisfy Trump's stated desire for an event like the Bastille Day parade he witnessed during his trip to Paris previous year. Every time they say 'nominations, ' we'll say 'lower premiums.' When they say 'appropriations process, ' we'll say 'bring down drug prices, ' " the unnamed aide said. The funding deadline is September 30, just weeks before the midterm elections.

But the cancellation also has another benefit that McConnell did not mention.

Democrats nursing long-shot hopes of winning Senate control in the November elections have 26 incumbents facing re-election, including two independents allied with them.

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Some Republicans also were not thrilled about being forced to stay into August, for the second year in a row. On the Republican side, there is only one running for re-election in a state that Clinton won - Dean Heller of Nevada.

One of those 10 Democrats, Sen.

Echoing Sanders' assessment of McConnell's apparent hardball political maneuver in a statement on Tuesday, Sam Quigley of Patriotic Millionaires argued that "McConnell doesn't want the PR nightmare of dozens of negative town halls in August".

Flake and Corker, who are both retiring, have been frequent critics of the White House. "This is nothing but raw politics".

Information for this article was contributed by Sean Sullivan and Paul Kane of The Washington Post; by Alan Fram and Kevin Freking of The Associated Press; and by Frank Lockwood of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He said the additional work time meant they could focus on health care. "I think he's way too intelligent to get us into a trade war". "But if they want to talk about health care, we can talk about that".

Nevertheless, some Republicans are concerned that the cancellation may become a regular occurrence, but this year is quite different than others.

The House of Representatives is still scheduled to take August off. "So, I'm not going to do that again, I can tell you that", he warned.

When Ingraham asked McConnell if the Senate would be ready to act if Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement this year, he insisted, "if we get a vacancy sometime in the next month or two, we'll certainly deal with it this year".

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