by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Conservative senators and outside groups are asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to take a more confrontational approach with Democrats to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees and pass spending bills before they pile up and become bloated at the end of the year.
Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.) and other likeminded Republicans are trying to stop the cycle of Congress waiting until the end of the year to pass a massive spending bill full of hidden waste and to end Democrats’ obstruction of Trump nominees.
They want to stop Democrats from using delaying tactics on political appointments that most of them wind up supporting anyway, as well as try to speed up the Senate’s appropriations process so the bills do not snowball into a massive omnibus measure that the president is forced to sign at the end of the year lest the government shut down.
Perdue and several conservative outside groups, including the Tea Party Patriots, are urging McConnell to keep senators in Washington for five full days a week and on the weekends so the Senate can force Democrats to stop the delaying tactics.