Senate Summer Vacay on Hold

July 12, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the Republican Conference chairman, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, meets with reporters after a closed-door Republican strategy session, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. McConnell said Senate Republicans will unveil their revised health care bill Thursday and begin voting on it next week, adding, he could delay the chamber's August recess for two weeks as the GOP tries breaking logjams that have slowed work on that and other issues. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday he will delay the traditional summer recess for two weeks to provide more time for Republicans to push the GOP legislative agenda.

“In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August,” McConnell said in a Tuesday statement.

The recess was originally scheduled to begin after July 28, but Republican lawmakers have struggled to resolve an impasse over how to amend Obamacare and they have yet to vote on tax reform legislation in either the House or the Senate. President Trump also has dozens of political appointees awaiting confirmation votes delayed by Democrats, and hundreds of more vacancies in need of filling.

“Once the Senate completes its work on health care reform, we will turn to other important issues including the National Defense Authorization Act and the backlog of critical nominations that have been mindlessly stalled by Democrats,” McConnell said.

27 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Pete Bundy says:

    They need to forget about a vacation, take a pay cut, pull their big boy panties on-women can pull on the big girl pants-and just get to work which they have not done. all it is is gimme gimme gimme. You were elected to repeal Obamacare and replace it and all you are doing is playing in the sandbox. Need to take ALL of these idiots to the woodshed and then send them back to work.

  • tryscavage says:

    Put their pay checks and all of their amenities on hold as well. Oh…and make the Democrats PAY the government for them being allowed to be there.

  • John Vetter says:

    “Vacay”??? Is that supposed to mean something?? Why cannot people use the “Kings” English as we were supposed to have been taught in school

    1. Warren says:

      Their Vacation was cut short so Vacay. These so called Reporters are always try to get attention think it is being creative. I am sick of Bang Boom Dropped a Bomb Wow Surprise Zoom Bing I think their first Job was with Marvel Comics !!

  • metheoldsarge says:

    From what I have heard and read, a lot of voters are not very happy with with the RINOs they elected or reelected last year. There are also some unhappy Democrat voters. If you are mad, do something more than just sitting on dead center complaining about it. There is an alternative but it will take that four letter word “WORK” to get it done and a lot of people to make it happen.

    What this country has been caught in is a good old fashioned rut. One party makes all kinds of promises. When they get elected they go back to business as usual. The voters get mad and vote in the other party and gets business as usual. What they all fail to realize is that you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. I hope the recent actions of RINOs do not make voters vote Democrat. There are those who are not happy with the people they sent to Washington. That includes those who voted for them. Some will vote to re-elect them anyway because they cannot bring themselves to vote for anyone in the other party. Others will vote the other party. There is an alternative. It’s called Primaries.

    By encouraging new candidates to run against the incumbents in the Primaries, you can vote against the incumbent without having to sacrifice party loyalty. That is what happened to Arlin Specter and Tom Foley. Everyone thought it would take a nuclear blast to get Specter Foley out of their seats. They didn’t lose their seats to the other party in the General Election. They lost them in the Primaries. It happened then, and it can happen again.

    Never forget that every representative in the House must be reelected every two years. Last year the primary tool was even attempted against Ryan in Wisconsin and Schultz in Florida. Although it wasn’t successful, it could be an indication that the primary idea is starting to catch on. Perhaps if a lot more voters and potential candidates started using the primary tool, we may not even need term limits. It isn’t going to be easy and it will take a lot of work but anything worth achieving does. I say re-elect no one. Fire them all.

  • Askjrsk says:

    Unheard of! Congress? Cancelling their five week vacation to work. Gee, hope they are able to get something done that the government DOSENT have to shut down, again. Hope no more Oregon ranchers get ambushed by FBI men and killed. If there really was Russians under every bush like Wyden believes, maybe innocent citizens wouldn’t be gunned down, and maybe young girls wouldn’t be raped and murdered by Muslims. Maybe the Russians won’t send their nuclear warheads to America made from uranium they purchased from Hillary. Maybe the FBI will never investigate the DNC server and computers that the Russians hacked, and never know how much the Russians manipulated Hillary’s campaign . The Russian narrative is a good excuse not to go to work, repeal and replace Obama care.

    1. Retired says:

      Cut their pay for every day that they dick around and you would see action , to bad we the voters can NOT do that .

      1. Askjrsk says:

        How’d you get that past the censors? I called James Comey a bad Dick Tracy and they censored me. Comey is a bad Dick. Thankyou. I got to say it. Comey is a bad Dick. There I said it again.

        1. Retired says:

          Well it came through for now ,AK must not be on the controls tonight .

      2. Ken says says:

        They are OUR EMPLOYEES!!!

        1. Retired says:

          They milk us dry and we can’t stop them until we vote them out , cant even take the benefits away .

  • metheoldsarge says:

    Hey Mitch! Just get Obamacare repealed and worry about a replacement later. Get it through your thick boneheaded RINO skull that Trump and most of your fellow Republicans were elected and/or reelected to repeal Obamacare. Not try to fix it or amend it. Repeal was one of the highlights of the 2016 campaign.

    The voters do not want a watered down, quick fix, throw together, doctored up, Obamacare band-aid that you and the rest of Congress will, most likely, exempt yourselves from. Even Senator Cornyn admitted that there was no intention of repealing Obamacare in the first place. Starting to look like the promise to repeal is turning into a barefaced lie. What happened to the alternative to Obamacare that you Republicans claimed to have had back in 2009? Was that also a lie?

    You Republicans could have started working on a replacement back in November. You also had six years that you could have had experts working on a replacement that would make sense. You Republicans obviously didn’t do either.

    If Obamacare is not repealed, we will have a major promise broken. A lot of voters are not going to be happy. Remember when George H. W. Bush said “Read my lips” in 1988? We all know what happened in 1992 as a result of that broken promise. Trump and many of you Republicans can kiss reelection good-by. The Democrats will regain full power over Congress and the White House by January 2021. In the meantime the people will be left holding the bag. BOHICA!

  • GoldenGirl2u says:

    I am so disgusted with the whole Congress, particularly the Dems., they are the lowest of the low, they all should be charged with Ethic Violations. I would think that if the Republicans had any balls they would do whatever they have to stop the “Resist” in the Senate. Vote them all out and “drain the swamp” every dept. and every Obama holdover needs to go. Sick of it all, what a joke they are.

    1. Retired says:

      They traded them for panties under Obama .

  • MidnightDStroyer says:

    The GOP leadership still ignores the message from We the People & the campaign promises that they originally stood upon:
    Repeal first!
    Then Reform. Do not “replace” or “tinker” with something that was a fraudulent failure & pushed into a vote before most of them were given no chance to read & debate it to begin with. When Obamacare was still only a Bill, this is how the Demos pushed it & now the GOP RINO’s are trying to do it again.

  • McFerguson says:

    Good! Frankly, I was surprised to see them back in session yesterday. After all, the practice has been that they take off Mondays and Fridays, so they can really work hard in the middle of the week for three whole days. Oh, the agony… Since 2001, the average number of legislative days a House member worked was 138 days in session. For the overworked Senators, it has averaged a bit more, catapulting up to a whopping 162 days a year in session! Out of 365, which computes to a 44.4 percent annual daily attendance record. I’m exhausted just thinking about the horror of it all.

  • Ken says says:

    Vacation??? That’s where they have been the last decade. “AMEMD OBAMACARE” – every lying RINO clearly said REPEAL = throw out the whole stinking unAffordable Care Act aka obamacare. Government for the Liberal Elite and by the Liberal Elite has ended. It’s time to wake up our employees.

    1. Mike N says:

      Right on Ken. Campaign time we get everything. After election nothing. The GOP did the same thing (nothing) the last time they had the house. senate & presidency and they got booted out, but unfortunately replaced with dems who almost completely destroyed our country.

      1. Debravvazquez says:

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    2. Askjrsk says:

      Expensive “yes” men. Soros found them a bargain to buy off.

    3. Retired says:

      Trump should do a EO and stop their pay along with allowances and include the staff , there would be some quick action instead of closing parks and other services . Hit Congress where it hurts and no back pay .

  • Humble Servant says:

    Good going Mitch… We have elected you all for this job and if the job gets tough you need to just work harder or leave. I am glad you have the strength to force the production of the items President Trump had promised the people. I believe if all the elected people of congress worked hard together they COULD come up with an acceptable plan that would allow Trump to sign. The inability to get any of these items completed means the work is not done. The vacation cannot start until the work is done. If the Democrats are stalling then it is good they cannot leave without a deal. If they leave let them know you will complete all this work without them and they cannot complain when they return.

  • PatriotGal says:

    Cancel the entire “vacay” and stay there FINALLY doing your jobs! Congress has voted 68 times to REPEAL OWEbamaTAX and never was it signed by the POTUS. Now, we have a POTUS eager to sign the repeal, and Congress can’t pass it. Anyone else smell some HUGE rats in Congress?

    1. McFerguson says:

      Yeah, I smell it and it stinks to high Heaven!

    2. Askjrsk says:

      Well this Russian investigation into the election takes a lot of time money and man power. Consuming them, that’s their relevant and in touch lacking. Term limits and resolving voter fraud are the only solutions to get our country back.

      1. Retired says:

        That is the Demon Rats game plan to allow nothing from Trump .They forget we will remember come 2018 election.

  • Terribtucker says:

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