McConnell Cancels Most of Senate’s August Recess

McConnell Cancels Most of Senate’s August Recess

Republicans are aiming to maintain control in the Senate, they now only have a 51-46 majority, leaving McConnell's future as Senate Majority Leader up in the air.

As president, Donald Trump has insulted U.S. allies and top Republicans, threatened nuclear war on Twitter, shared top-secret intelligence with Russian Federation, and pushed immigration policies that are ripping apart families and damaging the US's image overseas. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Sen. 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. "Working Floridians don't get to take the month of August off, and neither should career politicians". "This sabotage also has those with pre-existing conditions once again facing the prospect of denied coverage, increased costs, and medical bankruptcy".

The minority leader's call defied expectations that Democrats would complain about the recess cut. By passing this legislation, Congress can reassert its constitutional responsibility (Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 1 and 3) on trade and ensure Americans can keep buying affordable products and keep selling our goods overseas.

"Tariffs are taxes on American consumers", Toomey, R-Pa., said in a statement Wednesday.

Republicans have long sought to dismantle Obamacare, the health care reforms enacted during Barack Obama's presidency.

Both types of plans do not have to comply with the 2010 law's strict coverage requirements, so healthy people might see it as a more affordable option.

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.

"I've got a job to do", he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the media in the Ohio Clock Corridor in the Capitol on April 24.

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Trump joined in on the attack on Democrats with a tweet on Tuesday: "Mitch McConnell announced he will cancel the Senate's August Recess".

He said the move was to deal with a legislative backlog, which he blamed on Democratic obstruction.

With the move, McConnell is pushing off a potentially costly conflict with Trump who wants the Senate to stay and work and isn't afraid to say it.

The ruling GOP majority of the Senate suddenly adjourned the Senate's session for the week on Thursday when it became clear that the Republicans could not obtain the 32 votes needed to pass a bill due to the continued absence of a Navy-bound senator that tips the otherwise equally divided chamber membership.

"I think it reflects his way to read the tea leaves". Democrats have calculated that health care is one of the critical policies they should run on in 2018. He and Texas Sen.

"A lot of senators are a lot braver since they're not on the ballot. We should give the president the time and ability to achieve his goals".

"I just want to make sure, do you have copy of the rules of the Senate up there?" The Senate has so far confirmed 448 of Trump's nominees, far fewer than for any of the previous four presidents. The Senate often is not in session on Fridays.

"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.

"Our responsibility is to keep the judicial branch up and running", Hatch said. "And I'm not going to apologize for it".

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