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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday that the start of the August Senate recess has been extended until the third week in August to allot more time for the GOP to finish its work with health care reform as well as other legislative objectives.

The Washington Post reports McConnell’s reasons for the delay are “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.”

While Republicans are currently working on their plans to completely reconstruct Obamacare, McConnell claims that there is much more work once this task is complete.

CNN reports that McConnell claims, “Once the Senate completes its work on health care reform, we will turn to other important issues including the National Defense Authorization Act and the backlog of critical nominations that have been mindlessly stalled by Democrats.”

The decision to delay the August recess occurred after several eminent Republicans persuaded other Republican leaders to remain in Washington in order to complete their objectives instead of returning home for the district work cycle.

CNN also reports that Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho says that he was not very alarmed once it was decided that the recess would be delayed. Crapo stated, “ We’ve got a lot of nominations to move through, we’ve got a lot of legislation to get through, we’ve got the health care legislation to deal with. I think the Senate needs to do its work.”

Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, suggested that Congress should think beyond the month of August and reassess the schedule in its entirety, as it has been in similar condition for years.

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