Bill Nelson, Rick Scott spar over shortened Senate recess

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer arrives to talk to reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) canceled August recess due to "the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats".

The proposal will be offered as an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which is must-pass legislation and makes the prospect of a presidential veto that much more hard on the White House's end.

Instead of taking the entire month of August off, Senators will have a one-week break at the beginning of the month and then return to Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell caved to Republican pressure and canceled the Senate's August recess Tuesday, saying the lawmakers will work through the vacation to help advance the President's agenda ahead of the 2018 midterms.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has not shared McConnell's enthusiasm for canceling the August recess.

McConnell made the long-rumored announcement that the Senate would skip its summer break in a statement on Monday, blaming Democrats for holding up a number of President Donald Trump's nominees.

The Senate Majority Leader blamed "historic obstruction" from Democrats today and said his colleagues would stay in Washington D.C. until they pass new legislation and make more progress reviewing President Trump's nominees for various government positions. McConnell said last month that he considers confirming judges his top priority.

President Trump's low approval ratings and the swirl of controversy around the White House have Republican strategists anxious about the party's standing headed toward the fall.

Speaking to reporters, Nelson says McConnell's real intent is to block Democrats in competitive elections from hitting the campaign trail.

Republicans have urged Trump to share what his end game is with them amid fears that the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico could lead to retaliatory measures from key trading allies.

"We have a lot of important work to do", McConnell said after the lunch.

"Given the urgency of these weeks, we presume he won't be jetting off to Bedminster or Mar-a-Lago or spending countless hours on the golf course, given the pain his policies have caused the middle class, particularly on health care".

The Washington Post claims McConnell's move puts vulnerable Democratic senators in somewhat of a bind. I think, you know, that's pretty petty.



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