U.S. Senate will shorten August recess after push from Louisiana’s Kennedy, others

The U.S. Senate has decided to shorten its traditional August recess by two weeks, after a push from Louisiana U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy and other Republicans who argued members should stick around for health care, tax policy and other priorities.

“I know I’m new here and there are a lot of traditions, and people need to do things back home, but we can’t pass things back home,” Kennedy, a Madisonville Republican who took office in January, said during a news conference Tuesday. “I don’t know any working class Americans who get to take a whole month off.”

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a short time later that the Senate will meet at least the first two weeks of August. Traditionally, the body has taken the entire month off…


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