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The Senate will cancel most of its annual August recess, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told senators Tuesday, an election-year move that will force vulnerable Democrats to shuffle their campaign schedules. Republicans control the Senate 51-49. Some GOP senators sent a letter to McConnell last month urging him to keep the chamber in session to vote on nominations and legislation, and Senate leaders have said the appetite to stay in town has grown in their ranks.

They have previously put money into groups denying climate change and attacking unions and workers' rights, but they have also pushed criminal justice reform and made large donations to the American Civil Liberties Union. In a statement Tuesday, the majority leader said he wanted to use the recess to confirm nominees and pass appropriations bills.

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Democrats responded by embracing the new work schedule. That's Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican. John McCain, R-Ariz., undergoes treatment for brain cancer in his home state.

"The Senate can't walk and chew gum at the same time", Lankford said. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "Given the fact that there are a lot more Democratic incumbents [up for reelection] in the Senate than Republicans. he wants to keep Democrats in Washington rather than campaigning". They hold a slim 51-49 advantage.

Republicans hope that approving more Trump nominations and legislation would show voters that the GOP-run government can produce results.

A more favorable Senate map has given them greater confidence about holding on to the upper chamber of Congress.

Democrats have invoked cloture on Trump's appointees, demanding 30 hours of debate rather than deferring to the president's nominees. Sen.

Ten of those Democrats are from states Donald Trump won in the 2016 presidential election. At the time, the party was still trying to undo the ACA.

Last November, the brothers helped fund Meredith Corporation's deal to buy United States magazine publisher Time Inc, which owns of some of the world's most famous magazine brands, sparking concerns that they would use their investment to wield editorial influence.

"What I'm in favor of is getting bills passed that we have to do for the country", McConnell said.


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