Jeff Duncan: Cancel Congress' August recess to work on agenda

Washington Examiner by Jack O'Brien

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., has joined a group of Republican lawmakers pushing leadership to cancel the August congressional recess.

"Congress needs to do its part to help President Trump implement his agenda, and the best way to do that is for the Senate & the House to keep working in Washington." Duncan tweeted.

The House Freedom Caucus, of which Rep. Duncan is a member, has pressed House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to cancel the recess in order to work on outstanding pieces of their legislative agenda. These include repealing and replacing Obamacare as well as passing comprehensive tax reform. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., also supports canceling the month-long break for lawmakers.

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said there is a growing majority of support for canceling the recess in order to address imminent issues facing the economy. Those sentiments have been echoed by other Republican senators, including Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Steve Daines of Montana.

Neither Speaker Ryan or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have indicated if they will cancel the recess. Previous calls for the August recess to be canceled have been unsuccessful, though they are usually done by the minority party.