VACATION CANCELED: Mitch McConnell CANCELS Senate’s Summer Recess

  • VACATION CANCELED: Mitch McConnell CANCELS Senate’s Summer Recess

VACATION CANCELED: Mitch McConnell CANCELS Senate’s Summer Recess

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ordered the Senate into overtime by cancelling most of the August recess.

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.

It's expected senators will return home for the first week in August, but come back to steamy DC for the remainder of the month.

Many also expect some of the recess could be restored. "It is directed at the most egregious offender of this process, which is China, and I believe it's something that's very important in our national security".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders praised McConnell on behalf of the Trump administration during Tuesday's briefing.

Nevertheless, for senators hoping to take a break, there's still hope. Severino, JCN's chief counsel and policy director, wrote.

"McConnell doesn't want the PR nightmare of dozens of negative town halls in August".

"With Democrats abusing the rules of the Senate to force virtually every single one of President Trump's nominees into 30 hours of debate before getting a vote, we need our senators present in the Capitol", Martin said.

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.

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.

"We can not continue to allow Congress to wait until our government is nearing another shutdown to present a 2,000-page bill and then give lawmakers a "choice" of shutting down the government or passing a bill no one has read", Martin warned.

The additional workweeks in August mean that endangered Democratic senators on the ballot this year will face a dilemma: stay in Washington, 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.

Republicans have urged Trump to share what his end game is with them amid fears that the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico could lead to retaliatory measures from key trading allies.

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

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who is up for re-election in November, blasted McConnell in a statement Tuesday.