Senators from both parties Tuesday praised Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to cancel the chamber's four-week August recess to address the backlog in acting on President Donald Trump's nominees.
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Aides and lawmakers said the March effort had to some degree succeeded, with the White House crafting exemptions for several close allies - until the administration announced those exemptions for the EU, Mexico and Canada lapsed this week. "I went to immigration early this year - wide open for amendments. Given the urgency of these weeks, we presume he won't be jetting off to Bedminster or Mar-a-Lago or spending countless hours on the golf course", Schumer said, in reference to two of Trump's favorite self-owned destinations.
Actually, come to think of it, it's surprising that McConnell is letting senators come home at all - or that they even want to.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill later this month, giving Corker a short window to rally votes.
"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", McConnell said in a statement. The majority of Republican senators and representatives have confirmed Trump's nominees, agreed to blow up the USA deficit, and generally declined to comment on unsavory details about his personal life.
"I commend Sen. McConnell for extending the summer legislative session in the face of unprecedented Democratic obstruction", said Arkansas Republican Sen.
"We've had to file cloture ... to speed the [nomination] process up 101 times during President Trump's administration, to try to speed up the confirmation of his appointments", he said.
"They've been slow-walking his efforts to not only staff up his administration, but they've made it more hard to confirm judges as well", McConnell lamented. "We should give the president the time and ability to achieve his goals".
McConnel has also stood by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been brutally targeted by Trump for allegedly allowing the investigation into the Russian Federation connection with the 2016 presidential election to continue.
"If a vacancy were to occur, my assumption is we would get a nomination rather quickly".
"The U.S. has made such bad trade deals over so many years that we can only WIN!"
This afternoon, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a new bill that takes away Trump's right to pass tariffs on products that the Department of Commerce deem important to national security. Democrats forced 101 cloture votes on Trump's nominees in the past 18 months, more than the past six president's cloture votes combined, he said.
As for the eight judicial nominees waiting to emerge from the Senate committees and the two now waiting on the floor, McConnell said, "They'll all be done this year". "It marked the first time since 2014 that a bill was defeated on the floor of the Senate".
Corker, a Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he and the president had a lengthy, "heartfelt" conversation about the legislation.
"I think if people know the facts, that's where Democrats ought to feel vulnerable", he told Fox News on Wednesday.