Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) scolded Senate Republican colleagues on Thursday for skipping a Wednesday night vote, warning them that attendance needs to improve if anything is to get done in August, according to sources.
Congress usually takes the month of August off to meet with constituents around the country during what is known as a state work period.
But facing pressure from President Trump, McConnell canceled this year’s August recess — to the chagrin of many of his colleagues.
McConnell warned fellow Republican senators at a private lunch meeting Thursday that he would have trouble moving legislation next week if the attendance remains as abysmal as it was this week.
He explained they were able to move business on the Senate floor yesterday and today only because they had locked in procedural agreements with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in advance.
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