Trump to Congress: No August Recess Until Appropriations, Nominations DoneMake Congress Work — Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The White House hopes the Senate will get spending bills done and curtail the nominations backlog before the August recess, but it is backing a call to cut down the break if needed to overcome delays in confirming President Donald Trump’s nominations.
Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, made that clear during an event on Capitol Hill Tuesday with conservative leaders, putting the onus on Democrats to move the process along.
“If we reach August and [they] still have not completed appropriations work or not confirmed our nominees, then of course we would like to see Congress stay in and do its work,” Short said.
“We think it’s not work for the administration,” Short said. “It’s work for the American people.”
Leaders of both parties are usually loath to spend more time in Washington during an election year, and with Republicans facing a potential Democratic wave, they might be eager to get their members back home on the trail.
DeMint, who recently left as head of the Heritage Foundation, is now chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute.
Perdue said that he anticipated another letter this week from a group of Senate Republicans to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressing support for weekend sessions and delaying recesses, including the one in August, to pressure Democrats to move ahead on more nominations.
“This year we have a number of senators who will submit a letter to the leader later this week, hopefully,” Perdue said, with a message to the majority leader that, “we are willing to do whatever is necessary to get these confirmations accomplished.”