McConnell sends warning over nomination votes
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSanders is a risk, not a winner Buttigieg sounds alarm after Sanders wins Nevada Where do we go from here? Conservation can show the way 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 TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll 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 drama surrounding Trump trial starts to fizzle The Hill's Morning Report - Trump defense rests, GOP struggles to bar witnesses GOP confident of win on witnesses 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 braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Booker, Merkley propose federal facial recognition moratorium GOP senators defend Sondland, Vindman ousters: They weren't 'loyal' 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."