McConnell Cancels August Recess Due to 'Historic Obstruction by Senate Democrats'

McConnell Cancels August Recess Due to 'Historic Obstruction by Senate Democrats'

Even for Republicans, it is a powerful argument that the country would be better off voting for moderate Democrats who will flip the majorities in the House and Senate.

"Thank God for Leader McConnell's decision to cancel August recess", Sen.

Former President Barack Obama is expected to continue actively participating in helping Democrats retake the majority, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Schumer also challenged President Trump to join the Senate and cancel his own summer vacation plans.

Democrats, the minority party in the Senate, countered that they meant to use the extra time to push for a debate and votes on healthcare, an issue they have been touting in campaigning for congressional elections in November.

Republicans passed an overhaul of the tax code at the end of past year and confirmed a new conservative Supreme Court justice, but otherwise have failed to accomplish any other big-ticket campaign promises.

Coming less than a day after the Republican and Democratic Senate leaders came to an understanding to end a dispute in which no bills had been passed since May 16, the session threw into doubt the remaining days before a session scheduled to end in just over two weeks.

Given those pressing issues, it seems unlikely the GOP will agree to consider the Democrats' health care wish list.

"We have a lot of tactics available to us", Toomey said of his leverage to force a vote on tariffs. Lawmakers are wary of a trade war, he said, but "we're not looking for a fight with the president". "Instead of shoring up our health care system and driving down costs, President Trump and Republicans have sabotaged our healthcare system and driven up costs".

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Corker's trying to hitch the legislation to a big annual defense bill making its way through the Senate that includes must-pass pay raises for the troops and other provisions.

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Corker described the call as "lengthy" and asked if it became tense, Corker said "we had a heartfelt conversation".

And as for McConnell's mention of passing appropriations bills on time - well, it's about time, isn't it?

"I've canceled the August recess".

There is one Republican senator who could feel the heat from this decision, though: Nevada Sen.

"I think it's clear that when the lieutenant governor is here things have gone awry", he said.

While analysts have argued the Democrats are less likely to take back the Senate than the House, recent polls have indicated that their chances of retaking the Senate "are looking stronger" as the November midterms approach. He and Texas Sen. The Senate has accelerated its work here lately, with seven new Trump-appointed circuit court judges confirmed just last month, for a total of 21 so far. The majority of Republican senators and representatives have confirmed Trump's nominees, agreed to blow up the U.S. deficit, and generally declined to comment on unsavory details about his personal life. "If the Senate isn't able to get that work done then they can stay in August and get it done, that's fantastic".

"It seems my friends on the other side of the aisle want to have their obstruction cake and eat it too", the Utah senator said.

"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.

McConnel has also stood by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been brutally targeted by Trump for allegedly allowing the investigation into the Russian Federation connection with the 2016 presidential election to continue.

"Our responsibility is to keep the judicial branch up and running", Hatch said.

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