It was announced Tuesday that the U.S. Senate would be delaying its annual August Senate recess so that the upper house could work to complete its healthcare reform bill, among other tasks. The delay will “provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August,” according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is responsible for making the call.
The move comes in response in large part to an effort from Senator David Perdue and fellow Southern Senators, who along with a handful of like-minded colleagues sent a strongly worded letter to McConnell some two weeks ago asking him to delay or forgo the recess in order to work on “pressing legislative issues.” Perdue has not been shy about his displeasure with the slow pace of the Republican dominated congress during President Donald Trump’s tenure, which has few legislative victories to speak of thus far. The Senators hit on five ‘imperatives’ which they wish to see completed by the end of the year. Those include repealing and replacing Obamacare along with passing a budget, dealing with the debt limit, and hopefully the monumental task of tax reform.
Perdue, along with Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Luther Strange (R-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), his fellow signatories on the letter, released a joint statement Tuesday saying simply, “we are glad leadership took our concerns into consideration. It is time to get results for the American people.”