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This week: Senate tries to wrap up before brief break

TheHill.com

This week: Senate tries to wrap up before brief breakSenators are racing to finish up a slate of legislation before heading out of town for a brief August recess. 

The Senate is poised to wrap up work on two must-pass bills, pass another government funding package, confirm Trump’s 24th appeals court judge and go to conference with the House before leaving Washington for a week.
With the House out of session until September, the Senate is the only chamber in town this week.
Unlike the House, senators are scheduled to leave at the end of the week to take a brief one-week summer recess, Aug. 6-10, after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) canceled most of the break earlier this year.
And for senators hoping that they could end up getting back some of their traditional summer vacation at the end of the month, GOP leadership has a warning: Don’t get your hopes up.  “We’re not taking an August recess this year. We have a lot of work to do and we’re going to work right through the summer,” McConnell told a local Kentucky radio stationlate last week.   Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), McConnell’s No. 2, separately told reporters that McConnell is “deadly serious” about keeping the Senate in session throughout August.
Republicans argue the schedule change will let them catch up on confirming President Trump’s nominees and passing smaller government funding packages ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline to avoid the third shutdown of the year. But it also pays political dividends for Republicans by keeping a slate of vulnerable red-state Democrats in Washington during the week and off the campaign trail.
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The Senate is poised to wrap up its second government funding package this week.  The House passed its version of the legislation — which includes Financial Services, Interior, Environment and related agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency — earlier this month. The $58.7 billion legislation included language to block D.C. from implementing its own individual mandate on health insurance after 2019.
Senators are adding funding for Agriculture, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development into the bill.

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