McConnell sends warning over nomination votes
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell sees Ohio in play as confidence about midterms grows   Giuliani: White House wants briefing on classified meeting over Russia probe GOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending MORE (R-Ky.) hinted Monday that he's willing to keep the Senate in town through Friday, or even into the weekend, as Republicans work to confirm a slate of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Meetings on potential North Korea summit going 'very well' Freed American 'overwhelmed with gratitude' after being released from Venezuela Ivanka Trump to campaign for Devin Nunes in California MORE's nominees. 

"We have a number of nominees to consider in the next several days. ... The Senate's workweek will not end until all of these amply qualified nominees are confirmed," McConnell said from the Senate floor. 
 
Before leaving for the two-week recess that just ended, the GOP leader teed up six nominations. The Senate took up an initial vote on the first in the series, Claria Boom to be a U.S. district judge, on Monday evening. 
 
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A final vote is set for Tuesday. The Senate will then take an initial vote on a National Labor Relations Board nominee. 
 
Under the Senate's rules, after a nominee overcomes an initial vote, known as a cloture vote, senators can still force up to an additional 30 hours of debate. 
 
If opponents drag out the debate clock over the current round of nominations it would allow them to keep the chamber in session through the weekend, well past the normal Thursday exit. 
 
But senators are not using the full 30 hours on Boom and could still agree to speed up the rest of the nominations.
 
McConnell's comments come as Republicans, and the Trump administration, are growing increasingly frustrated by the pace of nomination votes. 
 
"Senate Democrats are using the procedural playbook to obstruct and delay," McConnell said. 
 
Republicans have privately mulled changing the rules to speed up votes on Trump's nominees. 

GOP Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordSenate panel targets Turkey's participation in F-35 program Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA McConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees MORE’s (Okla.) proposal would cut down debate time from 30 hours to eight hours for most nominations once they’ve overcome an initial hurdle that shows they have the simple majority to pass. 

A GOP aide told The Hill that the proposal could see movement in the Senate Rules and Administration Committee in May. Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate harassment bill runs into opposition from House Senate approves new sexual harassment policy for Congress Senators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy MORE (R-Mo.), the next chairman of the committee, predicted the proposal will get a vote, adding that “Republicans have every right to be offended by the way the rules have been abused."