Republican leaders scrap US Senate's August recess
- Robyn Allison
Toomey was joined in the move by U.S. Sens.Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Heidi Heitkamp D-N.D.; Mark Warner, D-Va.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii; Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Politically, the decision will also keep vulnerable Democrats on the Senate floor and off the trail at a time usually dedicated to campaigning back home.
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.
The minority leader's call defied expectations that Democrats would complain about the recess cut.
Americans have complained for years about the do-nothing politicians in Congress. Obstructionism has dogged any substantial work for close to a decade as our elected officials spend more time arguing across the aisle than crafting useful legislation. The president says on Twitter that by the time he finishes his trade negotiations, "that will change" and big trade barriers "will finally be broken". "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".
But the Democratic Party's leaders expressed support for working through August.
"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.
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"Another summer, another heavy work load", tweeted Sen. They also say that China's influence in North Korea plays a role in the president's thinking on the trade disputes. As we've often argued, it's well past time for Congress to get back to regular order and pass actual agency appropriations bills on time - no more shutdown showdowns, no more last-minute continuing resolutions, no more omnibuses, cromnibuses, minibuses, or megabuses, please! "The House is not", he said, noting that this is why it's so important for Republicans to retain their majority in the Senate following the 2018 midterm elections.
If voters want a Senate that is going to act like part of an equal branch of government and represent their interests, they need a new majority. He said conversations with Democrats about appropriations have been "constructive".
The House and Senate are working to pass as numerous annual twelve spending bills as possible ahead of the September 30 fiscal-year deadline, and McConnell said those bills will now be a priority in August.
Asked if his shortening of the recess was aimed at pressuring Democrats to halt delaying tactics against Trump's nominees, McConnell showed no willingness of reviving the break if the pace of nominations quickens. "Until we can have reciprocal relationships, we will not have free trade, we will not have fair trade", Kudlow said.
"I don't even think that". "But if they want to talk about health care, we can talk about that". But the Senate version carries a warning to Trump with a trade provision to block any White House plan to lift penalties on the China-based telecommunications company ZTE, which faces trade law violations over selling sensitive technologies to USA adversaries. He and Texas Sen.