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Schumer Calls McConnell’s August Recess Cancellation a ‘Gambit’

“Like I said, it’s a gambit. They’re struggling with healthcare. They don’t want to go home and face their constituents,” Schumer told reporters about plans to cancel August recess.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) plan to work through the first two weeks of the August recess a “gambit,” during a press conference on Tuesday.

McConnell announced on Tuesday that the Senate would be staying in session during the first two weeks of August.

“In order to provide more time to complete action on important legislative items and process nominees that have been stalled by a lack of cooperation from our friends across the aisle, the Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August,” McConnell said in a statement.

Both chambers of Congress traditionally leave Washington for the entire month of August and return home to meet with constituents.

A reporter asked Schumer if he had talked with McConnell about his plans to cancel the first two weeks of the August recess.

Schumer told the reporter that he had not spoken with McConnell and called McConnell’s plans a “gambit.”

“Again, like I said, it’s a gambit. They’re struggling with healthcare. They don’t want to go home and face their constituents,” Schumer concluded. “Two more weeks isn’t going to solve their problem. What’s going to solve their problem is doing what Lindsey Graham and others want to do, which is work with us to improve the existing system.”