Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is being pressured to keep the Senate in session longer so the chamber can confirm President Donald Trump's nominees and pass legislation on government funding, The Hill reports.
With White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short and additional conservative leaders, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., on Tuesday said Senate Democrats were obstructing nominees.
Perdue also said there were "a number of senators who will submit a letter to [McConnell] later this week . . . and that letter will basically, again, encourage the leader to keep us here weekends, on Mondays and Fridays when necessary, and certainly in the August break if we haven't funded the government by then."
Short added: "If we reach August, and we still have not completed the appropriations work and not confirmed our nominees then of course we would like to see the Congress stay here."
Only 459 of Trump's 774 nominations sent to the Senate have been confirmed so far, per The Hill, and according to a separate tracker from the Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post, the president's picks take an average of 84 days to be confirmed.
Dozens of conservative groups last month said Republicans were "failing" to get the work done in the Senate.
"As a whole, the Republican majority is failing to effectively represent the voters who sent them to Washington," the groups wrote in the memo.
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