McConnell: Senate will not recess if government still shutdown

McConnell: Senate will not recess if government still shutdown
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFox News has covered Ocasio-Cortez more than any 2020 Dem besides Warren: analysis Durbin after reading Green New Deal: 'What in the heck is this?' Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said the chamber will not leave for next week’s recess unless the government is reopened.

“We certainly will not be in recess next week if the government is still shutdown,” McConnell told reporters.

The Senate is currently scheduled to leave town at the end of the week until Jan. 28, meaning they would be out of Washington when the partial shutdown passes the 30-day mark.


House Democrats announced earlier Tuesday that they also would not leave town next week if roughly a quarter of the government remains closed.

Plans to cancel the recess come as there are no signs of a quick end to the shutdown, which is currently in its 25th day, the longest shutdown in modern history. 
Talks between Trump and congressional leadership derailed last week after the president stormed out of a meeting when House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiWhy Omar’s views are dangerous Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot MORE (D-Calif.) told him she wouldn't consider border wall funding even if he fully reopened the government. 
Talks between a moderate, bipartisan group of senators are also running into early hurdles with their colleagues doubtful they could reach an agreement that would break the stalemate and win Trump's backing.
McConnell's announcement that he would cancel the Senate recess, absent a government funding deal, comes as he was already facing public calls to not let the chamber leave town next week. 
“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.
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 ErnstPush for paid family leave heats up ahead of 2020 Ivanka Trump to meet with GOP senators to discuss paid family leave legislation On The Money: Negotiators aiming to reach deal Monday night | Why border talks stalled | Treasury calls reports on dip in tax refunds 'misleading' | Cuomo, Trump to discuss SALT deduction cap 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 MurkowskiGOP Sen. Collins says she'll back resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency MORE (R-Alaska) told reporters on Monday night.