This Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he is canceling the August recess.
Senators will need to return home for state work during the first week of August, and they are expected to be in for the remaining three weeks of the month.
“Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled,” McConnell announced in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
“Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees.” he added.
This announcement comes after a group of 16 Republican senators, with Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia leading the charge, made pressure to McConnell to cancel the August recess, back in early May.
The coalition of Republican senators also urged McConnell to make the Senate work through Friday and on some weekends.
Senators usually go home to their districts on Thursday afternoon and are not used working on Friday’s.
The request to cancel the August recess was introduced last year when newer GOP senators and President Donald Trump asked of leadership in 2017 in order to get action on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
This truly is a job well done for the coalition of Republicans. It was about time someone made the senators do their jobs.
Senators need to work for the people for a change. The people who voted for them, not the lobbyists who fill their pockets.