Republican lawmakers are increasingly pushing congressional leadership to go through with discussed plans to shorten or cancel altogether the August recess to allow more time for work on agenda priorities like the health-care bill. Six GOP senators — David Perdue (Ga.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Kennedy (La.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mike Rounds (S.D.), and Luther Strange (Ala.) — have planned a press conference calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to amend the congressional schedule. McConnell is sympathetic to the idea.
This push comes after 10 Republican senators and 12 GOP representatives sent a letter to McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) making the same request. "Our constituents expect us to work hard and will be disappointed if we shut down for four to five weeks when we could move our agenda forward," said the House letter. Bonnie Kristian
Republican leadership in Congress is considering canceling legislators' month-long August recess, The Hill reports, to allow more time for work on tax reform, health-care policy, and other agenda priorities.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has attempted to schedule a health-care bill vote in the two weeks before the July 4 break, but that looks increasingly unlikely. The slow pace of health-care negotiations delays the 2018 budget resolution, which in turn affects progress on tax reform and other appropriations votes. The deadline for many of these votes is Sept. 30 if another government shutdown is to be avoided.
"I think there's a majority that probably supports" working through the August recess, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) told The Hill. "I don't want to wait until the last week [before shutdown] to be forced into a [continuing resolution]. That's ridiculous." Bonnie Kristian