The Senate Must Keep Its Commitment to Work Again

August 15, 2018
Washington, DC
Signatures updated: 8/20/18

For a large part of 2018, conservatives have been urging the Senate to work harder. As an organization, we have issued multiple memos asking the Senate to stay in session for more than 2.5 days a week, to use the full measure of the Senate’s rules against Democrats obstructing the president’s nominees, and to cancel August recess if congressional spending bills are not approved. To that end, we enthusiastically supported the efforts of sixteen United States senators when they urged the Senate to stay in session through August.

On June 5, Majority Leader McConnell announced the Senate would work through its August recess. However, despite that announcement, the Senate has not worked a single day since August 1. The Senate is scheduled to return at 5:30pm on August 15, to likely adjourn less than 24 hours later on or about 2:00pm on August 16. It remains to be seen if the Senate will do any work in the remaining two weeks of August.

Should they choose to keep their pledge to work this month, there is plenty of work to do.

The end of the fiscal year is rapidly approaching and not a single appropriations bill has been sent to the president’s desk. There are 49 judges still waiting to be confirmed, and as of July 30, 151 executive branch nominations pending on the Senate calendar.

Promises that the Senate will start working again have rung hollow. When the Senate returns on August 15, we urge the Senate’s leadership to craft a schedule that most Americans would recognize: five days a week, with measurable progress.

With less than forty legislative days left before the end of the year, the Senate has precious little time to waste in confirming the president’s nominees, pass individual spending bills to avoid a giant omnibus spending package at the end of the year, and keep their policy promises to the voters. 2.5-day work weeks will no longer cut it. The Senate must use the rest of August to actually show up and keep its commitments.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan
Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
William L. Walton
CNP Action, Inc.
The Honorable Jim DeMint
U.S. Senate
Former Member, South Carolina
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former Executive Director, Senate Steering Committee
Rachel Bovard
Former Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee
Wesley Denton
Former Communications Director
Senator Jim DeMint (SC)
Thomas E. McClusky
March for Life Action
David Bozell
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
Adam Brandon
Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch, Inc.
Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
Diana Banister
President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
Marjorie Dannenfelser
Susan B. Anthony List
The Honorable Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council
President, Council for National Policy
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli
Senate Conservatives Fund
Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government
Floyd Brown
Western Center for Journalism
Matthew Tyrmand
Matthew Tyrmand LLC
Lee A. Beaman
Chief Executive Officer
Beaman Automotive Group
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy
Richard D. Hayes
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP
Susan A. Carleson
American Civil Rights Union
The Honorable Belden Bell
Legacy Society Co-chair
The Heritage Foundation
C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Gary Marx
Senior Advisor
Judicial Crisis Network
Randy M. Long
Business Consultant
Long Business Advisors, LLC
Felix Bronstein
The Honorable Mike Hill
Former Member
Florida State Representative
Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
Former SDI Director
President Reagan’s Chief Defense & Space Negotiator
Christopher Malagisi
Editor in Chief
Conservative Book Club
Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express
Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Steve Berger
Sr. Pastor
Grace Chapel
Quin Hillyer
Veteran conservative columnist
Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Caucus
Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder of
JRC Publishing, LLC
Chad Connelly
Faith Wins
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
The Honorable Terrence Scanlon
Retied Chairman and President
Capital Research Center
Charlie Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
James L. Martin
60 Plus Association
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association

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