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Senate Republicans May Cancel August Recess and That’s Bad News for Democrats

Senate Republicans May Cancel August Recess and That’s Bad News for Democrats

Vulnerable Democrats want to go home and campaign.

Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans are talking about cancelling the Senate’s August recess. They claim they need the extra time for confirmations the Democrats have obstructed but there’s a greater strategy afoot.

David M. Drucker writes at the Washington Examiner:

How Senate Republicans could use the August recess to their midterm advantage

Senate Republicans on Wednesday were in intense discussions about canceling the August recess, a move that could cripple vulnerable Democrats running for re-election in red states.

With President Trump’s encouragement, Republicans are threatening to keep the Senate open for an extended summer session to process agenda items delayed by Democratic obstruction. But the political benefits of denying incumbent Democrats valuable time on the campaign trail is also factor in the Republicans’ deliberations, and why they appear more willing that usual to give up a treasured annual vacation.

“It most certainly has been an item that’s discussed,” Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., told the Washington Examiner. “There’s no way around it. If they’re not able to go home at a time in which they’re campaigning, it’s more of a challenge for them.”…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has yet to weigh in with an official recommendation.

Notably, McConnell is keeping his options open, where in the past he was quick to sideline the suggestion. McConnell is continuing to confer with Trump and Senate Republicans, to see what kind of support there is among his members. So far, at least 16 GOP senators, led by Georgia’s David Perdue, are urging McConnell to pull the trigger.

Burgess Everett of Politico has more:

Say it ain’t so: McConnell threatens to kill August recess

The GOP leader told Republican chairmen on Wednesday that he would speak to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) about whether Democrats are willing to cooperate at all on spending bills and President Donald Trump’s nominations in order to avoid scuttling this year’s four-week break. McConnell also said he needed to speak with Trump about the matter; the president said last week the Senate should “not go home” until it completes its work on spending bills and funding the border wall.

A group of more junior senators are publicly urging McConnell to cancel recess to get the Senate’s work done — and to keep 10 vulnerable Democratic senators off the campaign trail. A group of 16 senators sent McConnell a letter this month urging him to cancel the regular summer break, and several of them held a press conference pressing McConnell on the issue.

As you can probably imagine, Trump likes this idea:

To make matters worse for Democrats, their lead on the generic ballot continues to shrink:

Allahpundit of Hot Air puts that point in perspective:

More Shrinkage: Democrats’ Lead On Generic Ballot Dips Further To 4.7 Points

The news yesterday was that, at 5.2 points, the Dems’ generic-ballot advantage had dwindled to its lowest point of Trump’s presidency. But as encouraging as that was, there were milestones still untouched by the GOP. Yesterday the party was at 40.2 percent on the ballot, tied for its highest mark of the Trump era. But they’d never once inched above that since Inauguration Day.

Until now. As I write this they’re sitting at 40.5 percent, just 4.7 points back of Democrats. If they can knock another point off that lead, they’d probably be narrow favorites to hold the House. And needless to say, they’re heavy favorites right now to hold the Senate.


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Congress is a part time job, apparently, yet they get full time pay and benefits. They don’t work a full work week. They take time off all the time. They get tons of vacation type time when the Senate or House recess. The claim is that they need the time off from their Congressional duties to go home for their people. The only time they show any concern for those who vote them in power is when it is election time.

That is one thing they do that is bi-partisan. It’s disturbing how little time they spend doing the job they are elected to do. Add to it all the obstruction being played by the left, a degree to which I doubt we’ve had before, they should cancel the recess.

There is no working with Up Chuck Schumer. Make them stay, make them pay a price for the obstruction, make them earn a small portion of what they get paid to do.

Stay in session. Consider it making up school days due to bad weather. Dems need to pay for obstruction. Much work to be done.

CaliforniaJimbo | May 18, 2018 at 9:44 am

Choices have consequences. Sen Schumer decided to slow walk many nominations, well the work has to be done. They should stay in session and complete the work or go into a REAL Recess so PDJT can make some recess appointments.

Bucky Barkingham | May 18, 2018 at 10:06 am

The RollOver Party in Congress s long on talk. Let’s see if Granny McConnell really delivers on this idea.

Has LI gone full GOPe RINO or just easily duped? The only reason to cancel their recess is to prevent Trump from making recess appointments. Staying in session won’t do diddly squat to end Democrat obstructionism.

But you know who it will hurt? Republican candidates up for reelection in November. Yes, the party of failure has found a new way to lose elections because leading is too hard of work for them.

The only two choices are “going nuclear” (suspending Senate rules) or recess appointments. Both which McConnell isn’t willing to allow.

So don’t be a dupe and a useful tool, LI.

    CaliforniaJimbo in reply to mrboxty. | May 18, 2018 at 11:58 am

    They don’t have to cancel the break to prevent PDJT from recess appointments. They just do a Pro forma session every 3 days and fake it. Cancelling the break means more than just gaveling in the session.

Why bother? Everybody knows the game is rigged. If we play by the rules to get what we want, the Left will just weaponize the FBI, CIA, IRS and DOJ to spy on Americans and frame us and destroy our lives. And the Republicans will write long articles lamenting our fate. Like those folk songs about trapped coal miners.

How’s your faith in the Rule of Law holding up?

I seem to recall Trump asked for this a couple of weeks ago, and Yurtle the Turtle McConnell said it wasn’t necessary.

Whatever ‘good’ mcconnell does, his presence is still malignant: either he’s being extorted now, or he’s been bought-off long ago, or he’ll be blackmailed whenever the left needs to cut him off at the knees.

We need to boot the POS out of the senate leadershp position now:

McConnell And Chao: As Corrupt As The Clintons:

buckeyeminuteman | May 19, 2018 at 7:11 am

Perhaps if Congress stayed in session during August we could have an actual budget by September 30. It would be the first time in 10 years to have a real budget. Maybe Republicans should start doing the things that people elected them to do.

kenoshamarge | May 19, 2018 at 8:29 am

I won’t hold my breath until this happens. It should be a given in every session that no one goes home until the work is done. Dragging your feet should have consequences.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 19, 2018 at 12:59 pm

RE: “More Shrinkage”

And the Democrats haven’t even gotten out in the “cold water” yet!