McConnell Cancels Senate’s August Recess, Citing Nominee Backlog

Mitch McConnell Cancels Senate’s August Recess, Blames Dems: ‘Historic Obstruction’

Mitch McConnell Cancels Senate’s August Recess, Blames Dems: ‘Historic Obstruction’

The proposal will be offered as an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which is must-pass legislation and makes the prospect of a presidential veto that much more hard on the White House's end.

The Senate will cancel most of its annual August recess, majority leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, told senators on Tuesday, an election-year move that will force vulnerable Democratic senators to shuffle their campaign schedules.

McConnell made a decision to shorten the recess "due to historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees".

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The House still plans to be out of session for the month of August.

The Senate Majority Leader blamed "historic obstruction" from Democrats today and said his colleagues would stay in Washington D.C. until they pass new legislation and make more progress reviewing President Trump's nominees for various government positions.

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.

McConnell's move to alter the four-week recess that was scheduled to begin on August 6 may also be a tactic to win a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY on a plan to move a large bloc of pending nominees through in exchange for more time away from Washington.

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President Donald Trump has long railed against Senate Democrats for their unprecedented slow-walking of hundreds of his nominees. "That pattern has only led to irresponsible lawmaking - passing $2 trillion bills that no one has time to fully comprehend".

The Senate will now recess for one week in August instead of four, said McConnell, R-Ky.

The cancelation also cuts into the time senators have to campaign for incumbent seats in mid-term elections, Politico reported. Jeff Flake, a Republican, told reporters.

"Now that the majority leader has acceded to President Trump's demands on the August schedule, we want the president to be here in Washington working with us as well, because he caused a lot of these problems", Schumer claimed.

Though the move affects all senators, it hits Democrats especially hard.

"I'm all for cooperation, but if you look at the amount of work that we have to do, it's inconceivable to me that we can't use these weeks", said McConnell.

The delays have affected the confirmation of various appointees, from judicial nominees to potential ambassadors.

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