Mitch McConnell cancels bulk of Senate's August recess


McConnell has faced pressure from a growing group of Senate Republicans who feel the body has not accomplished enough under a GOP majority.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell is defending his decision to cancel his chamber's August recess.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce quickly endorsed it, saying "this modest proposal to clarify congressional prerogatives is welcome and long overdue". Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he still needed to see the proposal.

Several Republican senators have been cautioning Trump against pardoning himself although they maintained that there was no evidence to prove the allegations that Trump's campaign had colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 elections, Bloomberg reported.

Nevertheless, some Republicans are concerned that the cancellation may become a regular occurrence, but this year is quite different than others. If they can, senators should still be talking about passing something to fix the health care mess that Obamacare left behind. "I think we'll be here in August", Gardner said.

Corker said several Democrats were working with him on the bill and he had bipartisan support. Sen.

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. But Democrats are planning a political counter-punch.

"We Democrats welcome this additional time because it gives us the opportunity to address an issue that's on the top of the mind of so numerous American people and one that the Republicans have badly mishandled up to this point - health care", Schumer said.

"None of us want to go up (against Trump)".

Durbin isn't just waiting on Republicans to let Congress discuss health care.

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"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.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday that the traditional August recess has been cancelled, citing "obstruction by Senate Democrats".

Corker said that during the lengthy conversation president argued that Corker's bill would limit Trump's negotiating authority.

By Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, Congress needs to pass a dozen individual appropriations bills to keep the federal government fully operating.

Congress hasn't passed all of their appropriations bills on time in more than 20 years.

Congress' August recess normally is closely guarded as a time for lawmakers to take foreign "fact-finding" trips, campaign for re-election and ramp up their campaign fundraising operations.

"A lot of senators are a lot braver since they're not on the ballot". They are looking to use the August session to pin the blame for health care prices on Trump and the GOP. "And I guarantee you we'll deal with it", he insisted. 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.

He spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday about the need for staying in session through August to combat Democratic obstructionism.

He accused Democrats of "slow-walking" the confirmation process for Trump's nominees, pointing out that Republicans have already had to file cloture 101 times during Trump's time in office.