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The Hill: Senate GOP Fight Against Time, Trump

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 Apr 2016 10:19 AM

Republicans in the Senate have been focused on the presidential primary, and have accomplished little on major topics in the second year they've been the majority party, reports The Hill.

There are 50 legislative days left until a July break for political conventions. The Senate will recess for half of July and all of August. Then it will convene for four weeks in September and the first week of October, then adjourn again for primary season.

"This has been one of the least productive Congresses in decades," said Darrell West, Brookings Institution director of governance studies.

Republicans would lose their Senate majority and four Senate seats if the party loses the White House.

Under the leadership of Mitch McConnell, the Senate has a record of solid accomplishments in 2015, such as a multi-year highway bill, a veterans' health bill, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, No Child Left Behind Act reform legislation, lifting the debt limit, and a $680 billion deal that included permanent tax breaks.

In 2016, the focus of the Senate has been the Supreme Court nominee issue and the candidacy of Donald Trump, according to The Hill.

"I don't think that just because we have an election, that's an excuse for not accomplishing anything," said McConnell earlier in the year, notes The Hill. He aimed to pass a budget every year, but that action has been postponed.

"The GOP-led Senate is back to work for the American people," said communications director Antonia Ferrier, and pointed out legislation it has passed this year, including a ban on Internet taxes and fighting heroin and opioid abuse.

A Gallup poll in March gave the Senate an approval rating of 13 percent..

 "The American people are fed up with Washington and they don't feel like Washington is doing anything, but they also don't want Washington to do bad things, like raising taxes and passing budget-busting bills," said former Rand Paul aide Brian Darling.

"So it's probably for the best that Republicans are blocking everything and stopping things."

Almost four dozen Republican senators filed a brief with the Supreme Court over President Obama's executive order on immigration, reports Politico.

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