(National Sentinel) Obstruction: Conservative Republican senators have had it with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and have let him know about it in no uncertain terms.
Sixteen of them have written the biggest impediment to President Donald J. Trump’s agenda a letter demanding the Senate begins working full weeks and that he cancel the August recess so more of Trump’s judicial and government nominees can be approved and appointed.
While the GOP still has control of the chamber.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
Sen. David Perdue of Georgia is leading the charge, calling on McConnell to realize there are only 67 working days left in the 2018 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
The coalition of Republican senators are urging McConnell to make the Senate work through Friday and on some weekends (senators typically go home to their districts on Thursday afternoon) and cancel the August recess — a request newer GOP senators and the president asked of leadership in 2017 in order to get action on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Action is exactly what Perdue and his colleagues want. They want more time in session to confirm the president’s nominees.
They want more time in session to get must-pass appropriations bills out of committee and onto the Senate floor for a vote. They are tired of the slow walking pace and don’t want to waste another day when they are in the majority.
In particular, the group is tired of the majority leader allowing Democrats the luxury of slowing down the pace of confirmations and legislation to a crawl because he refuses to agree to certain rule changes that would speed up several processes.
“We continue to witness historic obstruction by the minority party when it comes to funding the federal government and confirming the President’s nominees. If we are complicit, we are on track for another last-minute spending battle come September,” the letter states.
“However, if we take action now, we can break the cycle of continuing resolutions and omnibus spending deals. Therefore, we want to offer our full support to expedite floor consideration, even if we must work nights and weekends and forgo the August recess to get it done.”
The White House has been pushing McConnell — whose wife, Elaine Chao, is Trump’s Transportation Secretary — to move faster as well.
House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told reporters earlier this week the president definitely supports delaying the August recess to allow senators more time to work on legislation and nominees because they owe their constituents that much.
“If we reach August and we still have not completed appropriations work or not confirmed our nominees, then, of course, we would like to see the Congress stay here and do its work,” Short said. “It’s about getting the job done for voters across the country.”
“Looking ahead, there are only 67 working days left on the calendar this fiscal year. That number drops to 52 if you exclude Fridays, as we usually do,” the letter continues.
“This leaves only 12 weeks to get 12 appropriations bills out of committee and consider them on the floor. That alone is an impossible task. When combined with the crucial need to confirm more nominees, it is clear we do not have enough time,” it adds.
More than 100 conservative groups back the senators in their request.
McConnell has said before he is a stickler for the current rule structure because he likes to honor Senate traditions.
To heck with that. These are not normal times, and the Democratic Party is not behaving in a normal manner. They are actively engaged in trying to get the president thrown out of office.
Desperate times, desperate measures. McConnell needs to lead or get out of the way and let someone do it.
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