Kevin McCarthy Criticizes Mitch Mcconnell's Decision to Cancel Senate's August Recess

Sergio Conner
June 9, 2018

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.

"President Trump promised the American people health care that is 'far less expensive and far better, '" Mr. Schumer wrote in a letter to the GOP leader.

Mr. McConnell and his fellow Republican leaders in the Senate do not appear to have any particularly grand plans for what to do in August. "We've got this backlog of nominations".

In fact, the progressive wing's embrace of the plan could reveal that McConnell's real reason for keeping senators in Washington wasn't about harming Democrats up for reelection, but protecting Republicans in the same situation.

"We now have confirmed 21 circuit court judges in the first year and a half of the Trump administration, breaking all modern records", the majority leader said.

"Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled", McConnell said in a statement. He's hoping to offer it as an amendment to a must-pass defense authorization bill that is expected to come to the Senate floor this week.

Americans have complained for years about the do-nothing politicians in Congress. Obstructionism has dogged any substantial work for close to a decade as our elected officials spend more time arguing across the aisle than crafting useful legislation.

Congress' August recess normally is closely guarded as a time for lawmakers to take foreign "fact-finding" trips, campaign for re-election and ramp up their campaign fundraising operations.

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Several aides told CNN that for months the view was it was more productive to work quietly to register the concerns with the White House, and with the president himself, rather than pose an outright legislative challenge.

Not coincidentally, recent polling has found that voters - and especially Democratic voters - want to hear candidates talk about health care during the midterm campaign. He and Texas Sen.

"We're not there confronting the president on tariffs".

After all, without a long stretch at home, vulnerable GOP senators now have an excuse to avoid public meetings, town halls and other face-to-face forums where they would be forced to interact directly with their constituents. "Ted and I want to make sure we know what it is and recommend it to our caucus".

Corker told reporters Wednesday that some Republicans are "fearful" of crossing Trump by signing onto the bill, making it more and more unlikely that the legislation gets through the Senate at all.

Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said she and the GOP leadership agreed that Tuesday would be the day when Democrats could present their long-awaited amendment to enact the women's reproductive health act.

He accused Democrats of "slow-walking" the confirmation process for Trump's nominees, pointing out that Republicans have already had to file cloture 101 times during Trump's time in office. "I look forward to working through August to confirm more".

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