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    Sick of Democrat Stonewalling, McConnell Cancels August Recess to Pass Bills, Vote on Judges

    Sick of Democrat Stonewalling, McConnell Cancels August Recess to Pass Bills, Vote on Judges

    The GOP is sick of the Democrats obstruction.

    Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced he cancelled August recess so the upper chamber can vote on bills and President Donald Trump’s nominees.

    Needless to say, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) approves of McConnell’s decision:

    Senators will receive “a state work period” the first full week of August, but must come back to D.C. after that.

    The Republican senators are happy, but they want more since the work week is “late Monday afternoon until early Thursday afternoon.” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wants the senators to work on Fridays and Saturdays:

    In addition to working into the four-week summer break, Grassley is calling for “filibuster Fridays,” arguing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) should force the Senate to stay in Friday and Saturday to speed up confirmation of nominations.

    “I’d like 2see #filibusterfridays in the Senate If Dems want to filibuster we can vote on Fridays +into wknds,” Grassley said in a tweet.

    “Another summer, another heavy work load NOW is the time to vote on Fridays (even wknds!) to get MORE nominations confirmed Especially judges Help the judicial branch,” he added.

    If the Senate can finish voting on the nominees and come to terms on legislation like spending bills, appropriations, defense authorization, and water infrastructure, then the senators can get back some of their recess time.

    This is bad news for the incumbent Democrat senators since they will not have the ability to campaign during the month. Democrats have 26 seats up for re-election in November along with independent seats in Maine and Vermont, both belonging to senators who caucus with the Democrats.

    A lot of those Democrat senators come from states Trump won in 2016: Sens. Claire McCaskill (MO), Sherrod Brown (OH), Joe Donnelly (IN), and Jon Tester (MN).

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    Matt_SE | June 5, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    To all the staff here at Legal Insurrection: Don’t be saps.

    If McConnell wanted to get all Trump’s nominees instantly appointed, all he’d have to do is recess the Senate. What he’s done here is the opposite of that.

    Am I the only person here old enough to remember what a recess appointment is?!

    Another Ed | June 5, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Now that McConnell has their full attention, it is time to bring S.446 – Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 up for a vote:

    33 Senate seats are up for election in November. Let them be on record with their votes on s.466 to help the voters decide.

    Max17 | June 5, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    McConnell took some heat in 2017 for the bogus shenanigans he used to claim the Senate was ‘in session’ when they were clearly on vacation. He use some BS rules so that Trump could not make recess appointments, and he was called out on it with no good defense.
    So this year, he’s had to change tactics. But the end result is the same. He’s working ‘over time’ to prevent Trump from making recess appointments. Watch the end result. The pace of appointments will not increase. Recess appointments will again be thwarted. Mitch McConnell. Liberal Democrat. Can’t tell them apart.

      JBourque in reply to Max17. | June 5, 2018 at 11:37 pm

      This BS rule was the result of a famous Supreme Court victory against President Obama. Show some respect. If it is the opinion of the Senate that its advice and consent should be withheld en masse from the “new” Trump administration, that is its decision, and it should be praised or condemned on the merits of that decision.

      Recess appointments were being thwarted anyway because McConnell wants that leverage hanging over the President. So be it. It’s not like any of us can do anything about it.

    Pffsssht… McConnell is ANTI TRUMP

    He’s not helping Trump

    AT ALL

      Ragspierre in reply to LisaGinNZ. | June 6, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Not true.

      Mr. Establishment and McConnell work together all the time.

      They hatched a plan two days before the May 8 primary when Trump called McConnell with a simple question: What can I do to help?

      McConnell advised the president that he didn’t need to endorse either of Blankenship’s two leading mainstream Republican opponents. Both could defeat Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III, McConnell reasoned.

      “And so he said, ‘Well what if I just make the case that Blankenship would lose in November?’ ” McConnell recalled. “And I said, that’d be great.”

      I bet that burns some, huh…???

    As we’ve quickly come to see (as of 6/6/18), Quisling McConnell is again feathering his own nest, not his country’s. Once in a while, the POS tries to hide his real colors, but he fools no one worth fooling.

    Dump the rat along with Ryan.

    How McConnell and Chao used political power to make their family rich:

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