U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has responded to Daines’ demands and cancelled the Senate’s upcoming August recess to help avoid last minute funding battles and push through the backlog of judicial nominees currently before the U.S. Senate.
“In order to drain the swamp, the pumps need to keep running in August,” said Daines. “While I’m thankful the Majority Leader has heeded my call to cancel August recess, simply keeping the Senate open in August isn’t enough — we need to take clear steps to avoid politically-created funding crises and move forward the over 260 nominees currently waiting Senate approval.”
On May 15, 2018, Daines and a group of Senate colleagues held a press conference to express their willingness to work nights, weekends, and through the August state work period in order to confirm President Trump’s nominees and avoid last-minute funding battles.
On July 11, 2017, Daines praised the announcement by Leader Mitch McConnell that the U.S. Senate will delay the start of August recess until the third week of August.
On July 3, 2017, Daines asked Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel the Senate’s scheduled August state work period if meaningful progress has not been made on the following five priorities: fixing health care, funding the government, dealing with the debt ceiling, passing a budget resolution and improving the tax code.