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GOP Lawmakers Call for Senate to Be Open 24/7

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Nine Republican lawmakers are calling for the Senate to be open on a 24/7 basis in an effort to push through President Donald Trump's legislative agenda, Axios reports.

The request by the senators, who included Steve Daines of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Dean Heller of Nevada, came in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., according to the website. The letter was published by Axios.

"The 115th Congress is being disrupted by sustained, partisan obstruction," the senators said. "We believe our conference must be willing to change how the Senate operates both by tradition and by rule.

"We appreciate your acknowledging our concerns and applaud your plan to work nights and weekends when necessary to overcome this gridlock. You have our full support to turn the Senate on full time, 24/7, to advance the president's agenda, including a meaningful health care solution, bold changes to our tax code, and funding the government by year's end."

McConnell already is preparing to hold the Senate in session for longer workweeks — including possible weekends, Politico reported.

Conservatives have criticized the Senate for light workweeks, according to Politico.

And in their letter to McConnell, the Republican senators added: "Our conference should always remember that we are fighting for hardworking Americans. In their daily lives, when there is work to be done — whether on assembly lines, in the fields of family farms, fishing in our bountiful waters, or standing in harm's way — everyday Americans do what it takes to get the job done. We owe them the same unrelenting effort in the job they gave us to do."

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Nine Republican lawmakers are calling for the Senate to be open on a 24/7 basis in an effort to push through President Donald Trump's legislative agenda, Axios reports.
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