16 Senate Republicans Urge Colleagues to Work Through August, Get Nominees Confirmed Faster

Make Congress Work — Wednesday, May 23, 2018

From the Daily Signal:

“It is time to drain the swamp, and we can help do that by keeping the pumps running in August,” Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said at a press conferenceTuesday aimed in part at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

“It is time to cancel the August recess, keep members here, get the spending bills passed, and get President Trump’s nominees through the Senate and working on behalf of the American people,” Daines said.

Daines signed a letter with 15 other senators asking McConnell for the Senate to work Mondays and Fridays, and nights and weekends, to confirm Trump’s judicial and executive nominees and fund the government before the Sept. 30 deadline.

“Today, 15 months into this presidency, we have 276 nominees backlogged, waiting for confirmation hearings … this is nothing but pure, unadulterated obstructionism,” Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., told reporters.

It is nearly 16 months since Trump took office on Jan. 20, 2017. As of Wednesday, the number of pending nominations has increased to 283.

In their letter, the lawmakers say they hope to have the kind of success they saw last year when they campaigned to cancel the August recess and worked to confirm 77 nominations with no floor debate.

“Our diligence was rewarded with reason, and it can happen again,” the 16 senators write.