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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the audience at the Lincoln Day Dinner, Friday, June 30, 2017, in Elizabethtown, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

McConnell delayed the Senate recess



Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday announced that the Senate will delay its August recess two weeks amid the GOP’s inert lawmaking agenda.

“In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been 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,” he said, according to The Hill.

The change reportedly ensures the Senate will now work the first two weeks in August before departing on Aug. 14.

The Senate had purportedly been scheduled to leave Washington, D.C. at the end of July, returning in early September.

Some Twitter users on Tuesday praised McConnell’s decision, which could potentially give Senate Republicans more time for goals like repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Other people on the social media platform criticized McConnell’s maneuver, which came amid a logjam of federal nominations and legislative items.

McConnell added that the extension will help lawmakers pass an annual defense policy bill and address “the backlog of critical nominations that have been mindlessly stalled by Democrats.”

President Trump has repeatedly slammed Democrats for hindering the confirmation of people has nominated for government posts.

Democrats have used the Senate’s rulebook to lengthen the confirmation process as they are the minority in the upper chamber.

Republicans have yet to notch a cornerstone legislative victory this year despite taking the House, Senate and White House last November.

McConnell sought a vote on the Senate’s Obamacare replacement bill next week, but the controversial legislation seemingly lacks enough votes for passage.

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