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McConnell cancels most of Senate's August recess, forcing vulnerable Democrats to shuffle campaign schedules

McConnell cancels most of Senate's August recess, forcing vulnerable Democrats to shuffle campaign schedules

The Senate will cancel most of its annual August recess, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told senators on Tuesday, an election-year move that will force vulnerable Democratic senators to shuffle their campaign schedules.

The Senate will now recess for one week in August instead of four, McConnell said. He made the announcement in a closed-door lunch with Republican senators, according to several people familiar with his comments, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

His decision has been widely anticipated in the Senate Republican Conference. Some GOP senators sent a letter to McConnell last month urging him to keep the chamber in session to vote on nominations and...

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