Kaine threatens to object to Senate leaving for recess
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators aim to limit Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats 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. 

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House Democrats announced earlier that they were canceling the recess if the government is still shut down.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Democrats: A moment in history, use it wisely 'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project 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 ErnstRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Senate Republicans defend Trump's response on Russian bounties Overnight Defense: Democrats blast Trump handling of Russian bounty intel | Pentagon leaders set for House hearing July 9 | Trump moves forward with plan for Germany drawdown 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 MurkowskiSenators will have access to intelligence on Russian bounties on US troops Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators push to limit transfer of military-grade equipment to police MORE (R-Alaska) told reporters on Monday night.