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So much for the August recess on Capitol Hill.

Or, perhaps, so much for the August meeting.

One way or the other, there are no “holidays” in August in Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to keep originally planned to senators in August for most of the month, you waive the usual and sought-after five-to-six-week “August recess” on Capitol Hill. – But McConnell summer is not project quite materialized yet.

The Senate met on Aug. 1 before taking an almost two-week summer break, back for the meeting at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

The Senate met for less than an hour on Wednesday. In-depth. Took a procedural vote in the late afternoon. Closed for the day. Came back in the session for a couple of votes on Thursday.

After? The senators cut the center of the city Thursday afternoon.

The Senate was technically on the clock for about 29 hours. Most of the senators were not even in Washington for 17 hours.

The only parties in august about this meeting, which is the actual name of the month.

“Welcome to the shortened week, where two Democrats and nine Republicans don’t show up”, trumpeted the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, during a press conference. Schumer referred to the participation in the Senate, the final vote for the week on Thursday.

“This means that they are in the majority?”, observed a reporter.

“That’s right. We are,” said the New York Democrat.

We think only of the Senate-math. Fifty-one Republicans. Forty-nine senators who Caucus with the Democrats. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has since last December, with brain cancer. So, for all intents and purposes, the Senate really 50-49 in favor of the Republicans. But with McCain’s absence-under the unique “August math” — Democrats are theoretically in control of the Senate’s 47-42 in this month.

Of course, this is not the reality. But it was not until 2001, the Senate flip from Republican to Democratic control in the middle of a congressional session. The Senate is 50-50 this year. But Republicans and Democrats since signed an agreement that the GOP would be the majority-Vice President Dick Cheney could be relationships, break all the.

Then Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Sr.-who was abandoned a Republican, his party to an independent. The now-late Jeffords would caucus with the Democrats. Control of the Senate really changed, awarding the Democrats a 51-49 edge

Schumer fate during the abbreviated Senate week is similar to a intricate Situation, the President Lyndon Johnson when he served as the Senate Democratic leader in the mid-1950s. Deaths actuated the Senate “majority” is an amazing 12 times during the two-year period, the 83rd Congress. In 1954, LBJ and the Democrats touted more members than the Republicans. But the senators allowed, Sr., William Knowland, R-Calif., to remain as majority leader.

At least for August, Schumer can, perhaps, sympathize with the hand Knowland treated.

“I have the responsibility, the majority leader in this body without a majority,” said Knowland.

And McConnell compassion in the past week, with Lyndon Johnson could.

“If someone Johnson said more problems as majority leader with a minority, it is a minority leader with a majority,” Knowland.

Fox said McConnell was satisfied with the sparse visit to his side of the aisle. Two Republican senators, to find the spring a letter nix is pushing McConnell to the August recess nowhere were: Mike Lee of Utah, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

During the short week, the senators voted to confirm, Marvin Quattlebaum and Julius Ness Richardson as a judge on the 4. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate began debate on a combined bill to Fund the Pentagon and the departments of labor/health and Human Services.

The senators hope to wrap up debate on the appropriations package by the end of next week. If that is the case, is approved in the Senate, nine of the 12 annual spending bills, the Federal government. This is no small feat, as the Senate often is the house. This is the fastest clip in the the Senate’s OK, would appropriations bills in years.

“It’s been more than a decade has passed since the Senate is a labour-HHS appropriations bill. And, it has been a dozen years since the President was able to sign the defense appropriations bill into law before the end of the fiscal year. These two sets must be broken,” said Senate appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala.

But meeting with the senators of both parties have groused about the return, for parts of two days over a two-and-a-half-week period. She wondered whether the Senate could have returned in the next week and for more productive, still in session by labor Day.

McConnell’s office portrayed the week as hectic. The leader of the helpers of Capitol Hill reporters sent a memo with the subject line “Busy, Busy.” The note explains that the Senate, the rest of August would remain in the meeting, despite “rumors” to the contrary.

Throughout The Month? Or just a couple of days each week. It remains to be seen. The Senate will probably be the appropriations bills happen to be late next week. There is also a water bill, more nominations and, as the memo from McConnell ‘ s stressed in the office, “a lot of other items.”

If McConnell announced the cancellation of the August recess, Schumer said, Democrats would devote the month-to-health-care. Democrats held a telephone conference with reporters on the issue two weeks ago. They staged a Capitol Hill forum this week. But in the case of the single Democratic leadership press conference, Democrats access to documents from the Supreme court defendant-nominated Brett Kavanaugh. Democrats said, you can sue the National Archives for access to Kavanaugh paperwork

When asked, Schumer insisted the party was still focused on health care.

“Last week, if you read The Washington Post, a paper that you have a lot of respect for, it was the story of how the Democrats all over the country to talk about health care very successfully,” said Schumer.

And then he was Kavanaugh. Schumer said he would urge you with Kavanaugh in the coming days.

“I’m going to ask him all about these documents, and to do what he intends,” said Schumer. “He can’t duck.”

But a shadow looms over the Senate, over the river in Alexandria, Virginia. The Senate is hardly the biggest game in town in August of this year. A verdict is expected soon in the tax evasion and fraud trial against the former trump-campaign-manager Paul Manafort.

A JUDGE IN MANAFORT STUDY SAYS, THAT HE HAD BEEN THREATENED OVER THE CASE,

A ruling will roil Washington. A guilty verdict goiter, the Russian election meddling investigation of Special Counsel Robert Miller and tantrum of the President. Not guilty of Trump to give to argue a lot of ammunition, that Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt.”

According to judge T. S. Ellis sent to advise the Manafort jury on Friday morning, he held a hearing in an unrelated case. Ellis inquired about the absence of several of the plaintiffs ‘ lawyers. The Council, who was present, said Ellis, who were his colleagues on “vacation.”

Holiday, you say?”, Ellis replied, as a struggle to pronounce the word correctly. “I’m going to look up this word.”

“You should be, your honor,” suggested the lawyer.

But then we’d have a really big news story in August.

Capitol attitude is a weekly column by members of the Fox News Capitol Hill team. Your article, you take in the halls of Congress, and they cover the spectrum of political topics, presented, discussed and voted on.

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