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Should Conservatives Thank Mitch McConnell For Doing His Job?

The Senate’s “Republican” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced he is canceling most of the Senate's traditional August recess, ostensibly to deal with the backlog of President Trump’s nominees that have been stuck behind the obstruction of Democrats.

"Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees, and the goal of passing Summer in the swampappropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled," McConnell said in a statement reported by CNBC.

“I think we have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during these weeks,” Mr. McConnell said, blaming Democrats for being obstructionist reported the New York Times.

McConnell said 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, CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk reports the Senate GOP also aims to pass a bill funding the government before the current money expires at the end of September.

"If you look at the amount of work that we have to do, it's inconceivable to me that we can't use these weeks," McConnell told reporters. "Even with cooperation, we've got a lot of appropriations bills to pass." Congress has until Sept. 30 to pass spending bills to fund the government.

Democrats put up a predictable howl of protest claiming that McConnell’s move was all about politics.

Only one Republican incumbent, Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, has the problem faced by ten Democrats. He is the lone Republican running for re-election in a state won by Hillary Clinton.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, who faces a challenging re-election campaign this year against well-funded Florida Governor Rick Scott. Pramuk reports Nelson called the move to cancel the recess "a calculation of raw politics on the part of Mitch McConnell," according to NBC News. Scott responded in a statement, saying Florida residents "don't get to take the month of August off, and neither should career politicians."

However, not all Democrats are crying about the cancellation.

Thomas Kaplan and Nicholas Fandos of the New York Times report Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a moderate Democrat who is running for re-election in a state in which President Trump won roughly two-thirds of the vote, said he would like to see Senate leaders go further.

“We ought to start working on Mondays and Fridays, too,” Manchin said. “I always thought you had a workweek Monday to Friday. I never did get a four-week vacation, so I never did understand that here.”

And Manchin, who is facing a tough reelection campaign against conservative Patrick Morrisey has a point.

More than a dozen Senate Republicans had been clamoring for McConnell to kill the traditional summer break, particularly after the GOP leader shaved off a week of August recess last year report POLITICO's Burgess Everett and Elana Schor.

And while those senators celebrated, they also asked for more, since the Senate is typically in session only from late Monday afternoon until early afternoon Thursday each week noted Everett and Schor.

"It is important to remember that simply canceling the August state work period is not the goal. We should be working nights and weekends now to get the results the American people sent us here to deliver," said Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).

McConnell’s agenda of spending bills, nominees and other legislation, like the annual defense authorization bill and a water infrastructure bill, sounds good, but there was a day in the not so distant past spending bills were begun in the spring and would have passed at least one house of Congress by now – so this is not exactly an improvement.

President Trump also has different ideas about what the congressional agenda should be.

On Twitter early Wednesday, President Trump said of McConnell’s decision: "Great, maybe the Democrats will finally get something done other than their acceptance of High Crime and High Taxes. We need Border Security!"

Unfortunately, the President’s call for Border Security legislation was not on Mitch McConnell’s list of planned items to complete during the work days recovered by cancelling the August recess. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) we urge CHQ readers and friends to call Mitch McConnell today to demand that the border wall and border security be part of the Senate’s agenda during its August session.

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Should we thank Mitch McConnell

I am not now nor have I been a fan of Mitch McConnell, going back to the time that Obama was in office. He has not kept his word on many occasions, making him untrustworthy. I get the sense that McConnell will do whatever is advantageous for him in order to maintain his status in the Senate. It is my opinion that "career politicians" have in the past and will continue to hurt our political processes and hurt all Americans lives. I am a firm advocate for 'Term Limits'. It is obvious that what we have been doing is not serving us well, lacking any form of a successful agenda for America and Americans. When our politicians have the power to buy, sell, use influence or threats to push through their own personal agenda, using previous or present 'deals made in the dark' among any particular group, regardless of party affiliation, then we lose our voice. With McConnell being one of our supposed leaders, we should be able to depend on him to do what he promised to do rather than tell us what he thinks we want to hear then change his vote to go the other way. A man that we cannot trust is a man we do not need serving in our Senate. He is, of course, just one of the many who needs to lead or get out of the way by retiring.