Kaine threatens to object to Senate leaving for recess
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Key House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills 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 McConnellDemocrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play House Democrats to vote on flavored e-cigarettes ban next year 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 ErnstDemocrats spend big to put Senate in play Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence GOP senators unveil bill to expand 'opportunity zone' reporting requirements 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 MurkowskiPotential Dem defectors face pressure on impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - A crucial week on impeachment Senate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules MORE (R-Alaska) told reporters on Monday night.