The GOP’s long-stalled agenda is boiling over.
A group of 10 senators is sending correspondence to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday morning looking for the GOP leader to shorten the August recess – or cancel it altogether – if ever the party isn’t going to make significant headway on its priorities in July, as outlined by a duplicate obtained by POLITICO. The letter comes immediately following Congress left Thursday and scattered nationally for a July 4 recess.
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Spearheaded by Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, the bloc of 10 senators said the five-week break must be shared if Republicans don’t make progress on repealing Obamacare, passing an inexpensive, averting a government shutdown at the end of September, avoiding a debt default to get thus to their goal: Reforming the tax code.
"Our current Senate calendar shows only 33 potential working days remaining prior to end of your fiscal year. This won’t could give us enough time to adequately address troubles that demand immediate attention. Therefore, we respectfully request that you think about truncating, if not completely foregoing, the scheduled August state work period, allowing us more hours in order to complete our work." the senators wrote.
In addition, to Perdue, the letter is signed by Sens. Steve Daines of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Mike Lee of Utah, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Luther Strange of Alabama, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Dan Sullivan of Alaska. The audience includes some of the recently elected GOP senators, a gaggle hungry for accomplishment.
The House Freedom Caucus similarly asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to cancel the August break.
The asks to cancel the cherished vacation, when D.C. was at its most steamy and uncomfortable, shows how frustrated Republicans are getting after their initial promises to quickly repeal and replace Obamacare have hit a rut and copied most of their agenda. The GOP has still not found success in its health reform efforts, including a massive convergence of fiscal deadlines is awaiting the party in September designed to further delay tax reform. The party appears extremely unlikely to give the 12 annual spending bills and has no apparent arrange to cope with your debt ceiling, that is supposed to hit in late September or early October.
"The stakes are far higher this current year. We merely simply can’t afford to get rid of any extra quantity of resolving these issues when tax reform is hanging inside balance. Robust switch to our tax code is our best economic growth tool, as there are already growing anticipation for folks a thing," the senators said. "Failure to offer may have devastating economic consequences."