Yes, senators can work in August

Howard TerryJun 09, 2018

By cancelling almost all the traditional recess, there is an opportunity to unite the party within the Senate to craft more productive legislation.

McConnell, R-Ky., said he chose 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. "He is scared to death. that Republicans might lose control over the Senate", Sanders said. Some GOP senators sent a letter to McConnell last month urging him to keep the chamber in session to vote on nominations and legislation, and Senate leaders have said the appetite to stay in town has grown in their ranks.

"It's inconceivable to me that we can't use these weeks".

Democrats, the minority party in the Senate, countered that they meant to use the extra time to push for a debate and votes on healthcare, an issue they have been touting in campaigning for congressional elections in November.

By mid-afternoon, House GOP leaders had released no updates on their plans for a five-week break beginning July 27.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said he also spoke to Corker about the proposal on Tuesday. Republicans have nine incumbents on the ballot.

Senators may be stuck in Washington in August but don't expect the House to follow suit.

Currently, there are 10 Democrats up for re-election in states that Trump carried in 2016.

Republicans are working with a narrow 51-49 majority as Sen. But Democrats are planning a political counter-punch. "From day one, the Senate Democrats have shamelessly obstructed, stalled, and filibustered the confirmations of hundreds of talented men and women who are eager to come to Washington, D.C., to make a difference".

Prompting criticism from many of his fellow Republicans as well as business groups, Trump decided last month to open a trade investigation into whether auto imports had damaged the US auto industry, which could lead to tariffs of up to 25 percent on "national security grounds".

The siphoning away of financial support could be disastrous for Trump; if Democrats take the House in November, there's a much greater chance he could be impeached. John Cornyn of Texas, said he hoped Republicans concerned about the tariffs could prevail on the president to reverse course.

Asked Tuesday if he was trying to leverage an agreement on nominees with Democrats in exchange for freeing recess time back up for them, McConnell dismissed the possibility of altering his plans.

"I commend Sen. McConnell for extending the summer legislative session in the face of unprecedented Democratic obstruction".

According to McConnell, it's expected that Senators will have a "state work period" during the first full week in August before returning to Capitol Hill for the rest of the month.

And Koch Industries is also supporting Corker's proposal, which Philip Ellender, the company's president of government and public affairs, said "helps restore Congress' constitutional authority on matters of trade".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is telling President Donald Trump that his decision to impose tariffs and steel and aluminum imports from the European Union was "unjustified and deeply disappointing". "Our members are eager to actually get some things done like addressing the problem of increasing health care costs, the increasing costs of prescription drugs", Van Hollen said.

The Washington Post claims McConnell's move puts vulnerable Democratic senators in somewhat of a bind.

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