Many Washington politicians look forward to August and their annual summer recess. This summer, they’re going to have to wait a couple of weeks longer for their summer recess. With little support for the Senate healthcare plan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he is delaying the August recess so that senators can stay and try to hammer out a healthcare plan that will get the support necessary to pass the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he will push off the start of senators’ scheduled August recess, amid support from within his own conference to keep lawmakers in town next month to try to finish up work on health care, taxes, and a budget.
“In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August,” Mr. McConnell said in a statement.
The Kentucky Republican said once the Senate finishes its work on repealing parts of Obamacare, they will tackle the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) “and the backlog of critical nominations that have been mindlessly stalled by Democrats.”
I seriously doubt if McConnell and his fellow GOP senate colleagues will be able to hammer out a workable and affordable healthcare plan that will satisfy enough people to gain the support needed to pass a vote. Frankly, Republicans should just let Obamacare collapse on itself as it is rapidly doing, blame Democrats for the failure and then put a replacement on the Democrats’ shoulders and not their own.