Rachel Maddow Urges Democrats to Cancel August Recess

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is urging Democrats in the United States Senate to adopt a move out of the GOP’s playbook and cancel the August recess, which would give lawmakers a leg up on enacting more of President Joe Biden’s domestic policy agenda.

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On Friday’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow noted that fleeing Washington for a month would be a self-inflicted wound for adopting progressive priorities.

“They don’t work in August. What are they, French? I kid you not. The Senate’s official website says the reason they take all of August off is in part — look — so Senators can, ‘catch up on their summer reading.’ For that noble reason, they take off all of August every year. It’s on the calendar this way. In this Congress, they will take off all of August this year and next year. Okay so take those months off the calendar. That gets the Democrats from 24 months in theory down to 23 months because [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell [R-KY] stole their first month from them, then drop down two more months to 21 because of the August catching up on their reading time. So now they’ve got 21 months max to do anything,” Maddow said.

Republicans “shortened it” when they held the Senate majority, Maddow added. “They took a single week off instead of taking the whole month off. They did it because they could. Because Mitch McConnell and the Republicans had the majority in the Senate and they wanted to use it to do stuff, even if their summer reading lists were going to be neglected. They didn’t actually even have legislation they were working on at the time. They just wanted to confirm more Trump judges. But even still, they gave themselves time to do it. They gave themselves effectively more power by giving themselves more time at work to use the majority they fought so hard for before they lost that majority in the next election.”

Maddow believes that Democrats have no choice but to use the GOP’s tactics against them.

“Why don’t Democrats do that this year?” she asked. “They would give themselves more power and more options by giving themselves more time at work to do stuff while they were this precious majority that history says they are likely to lose and conceivably could lose before the next election.”

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