"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.
McConnell also said Tuesday that he wants to pass as many annual spending bills as possible before the September 30 end of the federal fiscal year.
"Thank God for Leader McConnell's decision to cancel August recess so that the senate can finally get to work", Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and the Judiciary Committee chairman, wrote on Twitter.
Across the Capitol, Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin indicated Wednesday that trade legislation will not be on the House's to-do list without presidential endorsement, something the Corker plan is sure not to have.
Democrats are defending 26 Senate seats this year, including two represented by independents in Vermont and ME, and 10 in states Donald Trump won in 2016. GOP leaders have so far been able to keep enough Republicans off the petition, partly with the promise that they're working on a solution and that lawmakers should wait for this special conference meeting on Thursday where Republicans will discuss the topic.
"August we'll be here", Sen. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he still needed to see the proposal.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) recently proposed similar legislation, which was also backed by Toomey and Flake, as well as by Sen.
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Democrats have invoked cloture on Trump's appointees, demanding 30 hours of debate rather than deferring to the president's nominees. Sen.
"Mitch McConnell can't have it both ways he spends all his time bragging to his base that they've appointed more judges than anyone else and now he's saying they haven't pointed enough", the New York Democrat said.
"Senate Republicans are running scared", Quigley concluded.
On its face, it's a move that would launch a fight between a Republican Senate and the Republican president and one that would lay bare the broader questions about the role of executive versus legislative powers on trade, spotlighting the simmering intraparty ideological war over how Republicans view trade altogether. The House, where every seat will be on the ballot in November, is scheduled to have a five-week recess beginning in late July, and a Republican leadership aide in that chamber said no scheduling changes were now planned. "From day one, the Senate Democrats have shamelessly obstructed, stalled, and filibustered the confirmations of hundreds of talented men and women who are eager to come to Washington, D.C., to make a difference".
"I think they would've hoped for bigger change on a quicker timeframe".
McConnell also urged Americans to take comfort in the record number of circuit court judges the Senate has managed to confirm under the Trump administration, despite Democrats' slow-walking. Senate rules require at least a handful of Democratic votes to advance most legislation, given the Republicans' slim 51-49 member hold on the chamber.
Now, McConnell says he aims to make them pay by taking away their vacation time.