Senate cuts work week short after nominations deal
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Senators wrapped up their work week early after they got a deal on dozens of Trump nominations. 
 
The Senate agreed to leave town on Tuesday night after they confirmed more than 30 of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE's picks, including 27 executive branch nominees and seven judicial nominations. 
 
Senators won't formally return to Washington until next Tuesday, Sept. 4. 
 
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GOP leadership had threatened to keep the Senate in session for as long as it took this week to confirm another slate of Trump's nominees, after they left town last week unable to get a deal.
 
 
"Sen. Schumer and I are also talking about a package related to the offer that I made him at the end of last week with regard to processing 15 district judges and several members of the administration," McConnell told reporters. 
 
In addition to the 34 confirmed on Tuesday, Republicans say they have an agreement with Democrats to take up an additional eight judicial nominations when they return to Washington next week. 
 
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynKey GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle GOP mulls having outside counsel question Kavanaugh, Ford MORE (R-Texas), asked how they got the deal with Democrats, noted that the list of nominations were picked because they "had strong, bipartisan support." 
 
"I think [Democrats] realized it was going to happen sooner or later and they could do it the hard way or the easy way," he said.
 
The agreement got backlash from some activists, who argued that Democrats were making it easier for Trump to make lifetime appointments. 
 
"This comes down to leadership. Senate Dem leaders could take a stand and station one senator on the floor at all times to object, forcing McConnell to jump through interminable hurdles & produce 51 votes - twice - for each nominee, likely resulting in fewer lifetime Trump judges," Adam Jentleson, who worked for former Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidKavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow Dems can’t ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame Dem senator: Confidential documents would 'strongly bolster' argument against Kavanaugh's nomination MORE (D-Nev.), said in a tweet after the votes were announced. 

But the push to get a deal also comes as memorials for GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ MORE (Ariz.) are expected to start in Arizona on Wednesday before moving to D.C. later in the week.
 
Clearing the Senate's deck of nominations could allow lawmakers to travel to Arizona without worrying about missing votes and hearings in D.C.
 
Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseMcConnell tamps down any talk of Kavanaugh withdrawal Senate approves 4B spending bill Grassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt MORE (R-Neb.) during a floor speech memorializing McCain on Tuesday noted that "many of us" were leaving to go to Arizona within a few hours.