GOP senator: Work during August recess to help confirm judges
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GOP Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties Congressional leaders unite to fight for better future for America's children and families 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 TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax 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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"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
 
 
 
"Mitch announced to us last week everybody don't make plans in August. Assume we're going to be here," he said