GOP senator: Work during August recess to help confirm judges
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GOP Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenate GOP poised to break record on Trump's court picks This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Kavanaugh paper chase heats up MORE (Iowa) said on Friday that the Senate should work into the August recess to help confirm judicial nominations, blaming Democrats for trying to "obstruct" President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE's picks. 

"Lets work Friday/Saturday/August recess to get more done in the Senate [and] help the judicial branch do its job," Grassley wrote in a tweet.  
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In addition to working into the four-week summer break, Grassley is calling for "filibuster Fridays," arguing Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Feehery: The long game MORE (R-Ky.) should force the Senate to stay in Friday and Saturday to speed up confirmation of nominations. 
 
"I’d like 2see #filibusterfridays in the Senate If Dems want to filibuster we can vote on Fridays +into wknds," Grassley said in a tweet. 

"Another summer, another heavy work load NOW is the time to vote on Fridays (even wknds!) to get MORE nominations confirmed Especially judges Help the judicial branch," he added. 

Conservative lawmakers, outside groups and the White House have been publicly clamoring for McConnell to cancel at least part of the August recess to help confirm more of Trump's nominees and avoid passing another mammoth omnibus funding bill. 
 
More than a dozen GOP senators sent a letter to McConnell last month voicing their support for working through the break. Grassley did not sign the letter. 
 
McConnell is expected to announce his decision on the recess next week but has hinted that he's weighing cutting short the four-week recess. 

"I wouldn’t buy any non-refundable tickets," the Senate GOP leader told Fox News late last week, asked about the August recess. 

GOP senators, while noting the decision is ultimately up to McConnell, are signaling they expect to have at least part of the August recess canceled
 
Asked about the break before the Senate left for a week-long Memorial Day recess, Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell: Russians are not our friends Russians' indictment casts shadow ahead of Trump-Putin summit Top GOP senator: Trump should be 'clear-eyed' going into meeting with Putin MORE (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, predicted that "we're going to be here for a while." 
 
GOP Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordJuan Williams: Putin wins as GOP spins Senators seek data on tax law's impact on charitable giving GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (Okla.) separately told the Brian Kilmeade Show on Thursday that McConnell has warned senators not to make plans. 
 
"Mitch announced to us last week everybody don't make plans in August. Assume we're going to be here," he said