GOP senator: Work during August recess to help confirm judges
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GOP Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyBig Tech critics launch new project Senate antitrust bill has serious ramifications for consumers and small businesses Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two 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 TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' 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 McConnellNAACP president presses senators on voting rights: 'You will decide who defines America' Sununu says he skipped Senate bid to avoid being 'roadblock' to Biden for two years 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act 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 CornynAll hostages free, safe after hours-long standoff at Texas synagogue: governor McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks Republicans threaten floor takeover if Democrats weaken filibuster  MORE (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, predicted that "we're going to be here for a while." 
 
 
"Mitch announced to us last week everybody don't make plans in August. Assume we're going to be here," he said