GOP senator renews his threat to block Memorial Day recess


Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsMaine Republican senator suggests she could back Trump Trump snags third House committee chair endorsement Trump seeks approval from foreign policy experts, but hits snags MORE (R-Ala.) said he has prepared a letter along with several of his colleagues addressed to Senate leadership that threatens to block adjournment for the Memorial Day holiday unless the Senate takes significant action toward passing a budget.

 "I'm not going to vote to go home without having met our duty," Sessions said defiantly on the floor on Thursday.

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"It [the letter] says 'we don't need to go home until we've confronted this problem and you've shown us how we're going to move forward to meet our statutory responsibility to pass a budget,'" Sessions said. "I think that's reasonable. That's what we're going to be asking today." 

Sessions then compared the Senate's duty to pass a budget to an American troop's duty to execute his mission whether he feels like it or not. 

Sessions made a similar threat on Monday, noting that he would object to a motion to adjourn for the Memorial Day recess.

Sessions’ objection cannot actually prevent the Senate from adjourning because according to Senate rules a motion to adjourn cannot be filibustered.

The effect of Sessions’s threat, if he goes through with it, would be to force a majority of senators to vote for a recess.

One GOP aide said it would be embarrassing for Democrats to vote to take a vacation when they have not produced a budget. 

The Senate voted down four budget proposals on Wednesday afternoon but none of the plans had a realistic chance of becoming law.

The Senate is currently scheduled to begin a 10-day recess either Thursday night or Friday.


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