Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is canceling most of the chamber’s August recess as Republicans try to push through President Donald Trump’s nominees, he said Tuesday.
The action could have another effect: giving Democratic senators up for re-election this year less time to campaign at home as they try to hold their seats.
“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, a Kentucky Republican, said in a statement.
Senators are expected to be able to spend the first week of the month in their states, then return to Washington. Aside from confirming Trump’s choices for executive branch jobs and judgeships, the Senate GOP also aims to pass a bill funding the government before the current money expires at the end of September.
The action will allow Senate Republicans to move more quickly toward helping Trump reshape both the executive and judicial branches of the government. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday the administration applauds the action.