Senate Leaves For Longest Recess In Recent History With Lots Of Work To Do

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And they’re off.

With spending bills left up in the air and a Zika funding bill still undone, the U.S. Senate left for a seven week summer recess Thursday, which according to Democratic aides is the longest since the Senate began taking them in the 1960s.

The next votes won’t occur until September 6 when lawmakers will have to
begin negotiating legislation to keep the government funded.

“The American people expect their elected officials to try to solve problems. At the very least, the American people demand their senators to at least show up to work on a regular basis. But Senate Republicans have done neither,” the Democratic aide said in a statement. “They are setting dubious records for the fewest working days and the fewest judges confirmed. Republicans have denigrated this institution with their obstruction. I hope they will consider the consequences of their inaction over this seven-week vacation.”

Of course, the recess isn’t just a vacation. Lawmakers are breaking to partake in the presidential party conventions as well as return home to campaign for
re-election. When they get back from recess, however, don’t expect them to stay long. They will be back on the campaign trail asap!

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Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.

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