Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDesperate Dems signal support for cutting Biden bill down in size Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden's wildfire plan White House dismisses report of new Build Back Better package MORE (D-Va.) said on Tuesday that he will try to block the Senate from taking a weeklong recess if the government is still partially shut down.
“It would be outrageous for Senators to leave town this Wednesday without fixing this mess, and I object to the Senate going into recess unless Senator McConnell holds a vote on the bipartisan bills the House passed to reopen,” Kaine said in a statement.
The Senate generally leaves town on Thursday, though they’ve been holding brief Friday sessions during the partial shutdown. If the Senate tried to adjourn at the end of the week and Kaine objected, Republicans could force a vote on adjourning.
House Democrats announced earlier that they were canceling the recess if the government is still shut down.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Mellman: Voting rights or the filibuster? Budowsky: To Dems: Run against the do-nothing GOP, Senate MORE (R-Ky.) has not yet announced if that chamber will cancel their recess if the government is shut down.
But several Senate Republicans have signaled they believe they should remain in town, even if negotiations are still at a standstill.
“I have encouraged Leader McConnell to cancel next week's recess, so we can continue to work. We need to address this partial shutdown and keep working on the policies and programs important to the American people,” Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstAlabama GOP gears up for fierce Senate primary clash Biden's court picks face fierce GOP opposition Lawmakers in both parties to launch new push on Violence Against Women Act MORE (R-Iowa), a member of GOP leadership, said in a tweet.
“I have no idea whether we’re going to have recess or not. My sense is if we’re still in a shutdown we ought not to be going off on recess,” Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSchumer prepares for Senate floor showdown with Manchin, Sinema Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' MORE (R-Alaska) told reporters on Monday night.