GOP Bulk Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has canceled half of the Senate’s traditional August recess, mentioning Democratic efforts to stall and obstruct the GOP’s concerns.
“In order to provide more time to complete action on essential legal products and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our pals across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August,” McConnell said in July 11 statement, entitled “McConnell Statement on August Recess, Democrats’ Obstruction.”
The extra time will permit the Senate to vote on the annual defense bill and to approve White House nominees, the announcement said:
Once the Senate finishes its deal with healthcare reform, we will rely on other essential issues consisting of the National Defense Authorization Act and the backlog of vital nominations that have been mindlessly stalled by Democrats.McConnell’s decision
follows a request by 10 GOP Senators to cancel the recess.”The message is extremely clear … we’ve got some extremely important problems to get solved,”Perdue stated in a Tuesday press conference before McConnell’s announcement.”This is a positive, useful effort to get outcomes for individuals back home,”stated Perdue, who organized the push to cancel the recess.The Senate’s calendar shows simply 31 working days prior to the federal government’s ends on October 1. The Senate normally only works for a few days weekly as well as breaks
for periodic recesses to ensure that Senators can often go back to their remote states. But the 2017 calendar is packed with President Donald Trump’s legal concerns– consisting of tax and health-care reform– plus more than 200 White Home candidates who need Senate approval. Democrats are trying to oppose Trump’s priorities and nominees by utilizing every lever they can to delay votes.”We have an enormous quantity of work to do,” said Sen. Mike Lee from Utah.”It simply doesn’t make any sense for us to take the month
of August off,”he stated, including that Senate the ought to be kept open on weekends too. “We have to be prepared [to work] long hours, and definitely not just in [the August] recess, “he stated.