Senator Sullivan Welcomes Decision to Cancel August Recess

Senator Sullivan Welcomes Decision to Cancel August Recess

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today welcomed the decision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to cancel the August state work period in order to continue work on a number of critical priorities, including the confirmation of executive branch officials and judges, and annual appropriations measures:

“Today’s announcement to cancel a major portion of the August recess represents a determined effort by the Republican-led Senate to make the best use of the time we have left in order to fill critical vacancies within the government and give the Alaskan and American people the solutions and relief they have demanded,” said Senator Dan Sullivan. “I thank Majority Leader McConnell for listening to his fellow Senators and for once again recognizing the virtue of extending the Senate calendar in order to break through this unprecedented level of obstruction. While the August recess is vitally important to my duties as Alaska’s Senator – particularly given our size, unique geography and the fact that over 80% of our communities are off the road system – Alaskans understand the importance of staying in Washington, D.C. to continue the important progress being made on nominees, judges and fixing our broken budget process.”

Historic Obstruction

Historic Obstruction: Number of cloture votes taken in the Senate on executive and judicial nominations in the first two years of a president’s term.

In May, Senator Sullivan joined 15 of his Senate colleagues in highlighting the critical need to break through the historic backlog on confirmations and to avoid a year end battle to fund the government – even if that meant working nights, weekends and into portions of the August recess. The senators outlined their request in a letter sent to Leader McConnell on May 10, 2018 and during a press conference on May 15, 2018.

Senators Urge Action

Senator Sullivan speaks on the need to continue positive work on behalf of the American people (click image or here to watch)