McConnell suggests he could hold Senate in session through October
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested Friday that he could keep lawmakers in Washington until the end of October if Democrats seek to slow or block the confirmation of President Trump’s judicial nominees.
If McConnell were to hold the Senate in session at the end of October, it could keep more than two dozen Democrats who are defending their seats this year off the campaign trail in the final days before voters head to the polls.
The Kentucky Republican’s suggestion comes after he canceled most of the chamber’s August recess, holding senators back from hitting the campaign trail.
Democrats are defending far more seats than Republicans this year, including 10 in states won by President Trump in 2016.
But the move could keep some Republicans from heading back to their states ahead of the elections.
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is considered among the most vulnerable incumbents up for reelection this year, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is facing an increasingly close race against Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).
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