Yes, senators can work in August

McConnell Cancels Most of Senate’s August Recess 

McConnell Cancels August Recess Over ‘Historic Obstruction by Senate Democrats’

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.

"Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president's nominees", McConnell said.

"We have a lot of important work to do as a result of unprecedented obstruction", the Kentucky Republican told reporters, referring to Democratic senators have been using procedural tools in order to delay some of the president's nominees.

McConnell told host Laura Ingraham that the Senate would not pass any immigration bill unless President Donald Trump was OK with it and willing to sign it.

And Democrats say it's a political move since the new schedule paves the way for GOP candidates to have the states to themselves during the break.

The House of Representatives is still scheduled to take August off.

This year, Democrats are defending 26 Senate seats, 10 of which are in states that Trump carried in 2016.

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McConnell's office says it's expected that during the first full week of August, senators will be away from Washington before returning for the remainder of the month.

The bills Schumer said he wants action on are ones most Republicans would not support, like one that would incentivize states to expand Medicaid.

Republicans are working with a narrow 51-49 majority as Sen.

McConnell said, "The bottom line is clear: Under the policies of this unified Republican government, American workers, families, and business owners are achieving economic growth that is unmatched in recent memory".

"The Senate can't walk and chew gum at the same time", Lankford said.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, wrote a letter to McConnell, asking him to allow time in August for votes on a range of health care and prescription drug proposals, such as higher tax credit for Affordable Care Act plans, a Medicare buy-in for people 55 and over and allowing Medicare to negotiate on drug prices. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Democrats have invoked cloture on Trump's appointees, demanding 30 hours of debate rather than deferring to the president's nominees. Sen.

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One of the Senator's not sponsoring the bill is Senator John DeFrancisco, the Deputy Republican Leader.

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

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

"It's promising to see the Senate cancel its month-long vacation and try and get some work done", Scott said in a statement. Democrats have far more incumbents seeking re-election this year, and keeping them off the trail could be to the GOP's advantage.

"They've been slow-walking his efforts to not only staff up his administration, but they've made it more hard to confirm judges as well", McConnell lamented.

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