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

Posted On: May 16, 2018   |   Posted By: Politico

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is seriously considering scrapping some or all of the August recess this year, according to senators and aides. The GOP leader told Republican chairmen on Wednesday that he would speak to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer 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. “Sen....

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