June 21, 2018

Republican leaders scrap US Senate's August recess

09 June 2018, 08:48 | Taylor George

McConnell Cancels Most of Senate’s August Recess 

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"They are just so terrified of talking about women's health", Sen.

Jack Reed, D-R.I., responds to an announcement by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he intends to cancel the tradional August recess.

Authors of the legislation, including GOP Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee and Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, say Trump abused the authority granted under a 1962 law last week because there wasn't a genuine national security threat.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on June 5 that he was canceling most of the Senate's August recess to give lawmakers time to pass spending bills before a September 30 deadline and to confirm more of President Donald Trump's appointees. Polls show that issue is a top public concern, and Democrats believe the GOP's failed effort to repeal Obama's health care law previous year has put Republicans on the defensive. "We'll see. I'm hopeful we can do this in a cooperative fashion, but we've got lots of tools available". They are joined on the bill by at least 10 other senators, and Corker said Wednesday they may attempt to attach it to an annual defense bill under consideration this week in the Senate.

The minority leader's call defied expectations that Democrats would complain about the recess cut.

"We believe this previously unscheduled session time can be put to good use to finally help Americans secure the affordable health care the President and Congressional Republicans have thus far failed to deliver", Schumer wrote to McConnell in his letter, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO.

Rhode Islanders have struggled to decide plans for insurance and their future health care because they aren't sure what changes are happening to the system, he said, leaving many people vulnerable.

"We can take up the immigration any time the Republican leadership, which controls the business of the House and Senate, decides it's a priority", he said.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wouldn't bring up the proposal as a stand-alone measure, but he didn't rule out the possibility that Corker could offer his plan as an amendment to the typically bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.

Congress rarely finishes work by September 30, the end of the fiscal year, on the one-dozen individual appropriations bills to keep the federal government fully operating.

Last year, McConnell announced in July that he was cutting the 2017 August recess in half.

"They would not allow Senator Krueger to even speak on the issue".

"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.

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. "Ted and I want to make sure we know what it is and recommend it to our caucus".

Trump has routinely accused the opposition party of slow-walking Senate confirmation of his nominees.

We rate the statement Half True. "One-eighth of the circuit judges in America have been appointed by Donald Trump and confirmed by this Republican Senate in a year and a half".

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