Jenny Beth Martin: No more August recess is a ‘step in the right direction’
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled the Senate’s month long “vacation” due to its historic obstruction of President Trump’s nominees and failure to pass appropriation bills. Forcing the Senate to remain in session during August recess, is clearly a step in the right direction and after all, is it too much to ask that Congress to work five days a week as most hard-working Americans do?
“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 Tuesday. “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.”
Senators are expected to take a week-long break during the first week of August before returning to Washington, D.C, and working through the rest of the month.
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Chairman Jenny Beth Martin thanked McConnell in a statement Tuesday for taking a “step in the right direction” by forcing the Senate to remain in session for most of August.
“With Democrats abusing the rules of the Senate to force virtually every single one of President Trump’s nominees into 30 hours of debate before getting a vote, we need our senators present in the Capitol,” Martin said.
“To prove that you are serious about stopping the Democrats’ obstruction and getting the people’s’ work done properly, you should also keep the Senate in Washington, D.C., through this weekend to vote on the president’s nominees, and start working full five-day workweeks, as most workers in America do.”
America cannot continue to allow Congress to wait until our government is nearing another shutdown. Canceling Congress’ August recess is just a step in the right direction. If McConnell is serious about stopping Democratic obstruction and getting work done properly, he should keep the Senate through the weekends and have them start working full five-day work weeks!