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GOP Leader McConnell Cancels August Recess, Preventing Dems From Campaigning For Midterms

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GOP Leader McConnell Cancels August Recess, Preventing Dems From Campaigning For Midterms




GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has officially canceled the Senate’s month-long August in a move that prevents red state Democrats from returning home to campaign ahead of the critical midterm elections.

“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 said in a statement on Tuesday.




He added: “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.”

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Politico notes:

By keeping the Senate in session, McConnell will significantly cut down on the time that Democratic senators have to campaign back home, particularly for senators like Jon Tester (D-Mont.) who have lengthy commutes back to their states. In 2016, when McConnell’s own caucus was facing a number of difficult reelection campaigns, the Senate was not in session in August.




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