(Neb)-Senators Call For Skipping August Break To Finish Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. - South Dakota's Mike Rounds and Nebraska's Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer are part of a group of 16 senators, all Republicans, who have written Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to consider cancelling the August state work period.
In a letter to McConnell, the group says the Senate is running out of time to take care of several major issues including confirmation of dozens of presidential appointments and passing 12 appropriation bills to avoid another last-minute spending battle in September and passage of more short-time spending bills to keep the government running.
In the face of what they call "historic obstruction by the minority party," the 16 GOP senators pledge to give up their August break and to work nights, weekends, and even Mondays and Fridays to "break the cycle of continuing resolutions and omnibus spending bills.
The letter points to last year, when calls by a number Congressional Republicans to work through August led to a flurry of 77 appointments being confirmed the final few weeks before the recess.
Sasse says lawmakers do need to listen to and learn from their constituents, but don't need to take off the month August to do it. He says "we can't keep burying our heads in the sand as if everything will be magically better tomorrow, especially as our adversaries around the world look to get a foot up on us.
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