I guess the guy wants to try to get stuff done before the Democrats possibly getting the House and braking up the easy House/Senate Republican majority thing?
The Senate had been expected to leave town on August 3 for a four-week break and not return to Washington until early September, after Labor Day.
But under McConnell’s new plan, senators are expected to be out of town for the week of August 6. They will then return to Washington and remain in session for the rest of the month.
GOP senators had hinted for weeks that they expected the Senate leader to cancel at least part of the break in effort to catch up on confirming Trump’s nominees and avoid passing another mammoth omnibus spending bill later this year.
In additions to appropriations and nominees, a spokesman for McConnell noted that the Senate still needs to approve the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), water infrastructure legislation, the farm bill, reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration and renewal of the flood insurance program.
GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) have also been circulating a survey amongst their colleagues as they look for additional agenda items that would have enough support to pass during a midterm election year.
McConnell has been under intense pressure from conservatives, including members of his own caucus, and the White House to cancel at least part of the recess….