Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell isn’t perfect but he’s great at playing the long game and every once in a while he does the exact right thing. In this case, he is cancelling the Senate August recess and laying the blame squarely on obstructionist Democrats.
McConnell: August Recess Is Cancelled
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has canceled the August recess. There’s just too much work to do, he told his colleagues. They need to make headway on both legislation on key congressional races ahead of the midterms.
My statement on cancelling the August recess: pic.twitter.com/yyAEUSMVQW
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) June 5, 2018
As you can see, McConnell blamed part of the congressional inaction on Democratic obstruction. For instance, Democratic senators’ refusal to hand in their blue slips has stalled several of Trump’s judicial nominees.
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) couldn’t agree more, judging by his frustrated comments last month.
The Senate can’t walk and chew gum at the same time,” Lankford said. “So, if you’ve got post-cloture time pending on a nominee, you can’t get on appropriations bills, you can’t get on legislation. Even things that are on the hotline right now — that should be able to come out and have a straight floor vote — you can’t get out.”
Well played, McConnell. This is also going to prevent lots of Democrats from campaigning right before the midterms.