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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) and nearly a dozen colleagues sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday requesting the cancellation of the August state work period so the Senate can focus on delivering important and necessary reforms to the American people.

The senators emphasized that little time remains in the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. 

“We need to focus on passing meaningful reforms for health care and taxes.  We also need to pass all 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government and extend the National Flood Insurance Program,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “We don’t have time to go on vacation when there’s work that remains to be done for the American people.  You wouldn’t put a cake in the oven and then leave to go on vacation before it has finished baking.  I am ready to work nights, weekends and holidays.”

The senators wrote: “Our current Senate calendar shows only 33 potential working days remaining before the end of the fiscal year.  This does not appear to give us enough time to adequately address the issues that demand immediate attention.  Therefore, we respectfully request that you consider truncating, if not completely foregoing, the scheduled August state work period, allowing us more time to complete our work.

“Delivering meaningful results was never assumed to be easy, but the millions of Americans who placed their confidence in our leadership expect our full and best effort.”

View the full text of the letter below:

 

Dear Leader McConnell:

 

We are united in our belief that we must work with a sense of urgency to deliver conservative solutions for pressing legislative issues on behalf of the American people. Our current Senate calendar shows only 33 potential working days remaining before the end of the fiscal year. This does not appear to give us enough time to adequately address the issues that demand immediate attention. Therefore, we respectfully request that you consider truncating, if not completely foregoing, the scheduled August state work period, allowing us more time to complete our work.

There are five imperatives which must be accomplished this year. We must complete the first phase of Obamacare repeal and replace. Next, we have to pass a budget that serves as a reconciliation vehicle for reforming our outdated tax code. Before September 30th, we must agree on an appropriation that responsibly funds the government. Also, we must deal with our debt limit before that approximate date. If we successfully navigate those priorities, we can finally get to our once in a generation opportunity on tax reform. Growing the economy, repairing our infrastructure, and rebuilding our military are all dependent on accomplishing the tasks before us.

Each of these issues is challenging in its own right. For example, the passage of a budget and all twelve appropriations bills before September 30th is a rarity, occurring only 4 times in the last 43 years. However, the stakes are much higher this year. We simply cannot afford to lose any additional time in resolving these issues when tax reform is hanging in the balance. Robust change to our tax code is our single most important economic growth tool, and there is already growing anticipation for us to act. Failure to deliver could have devastating economic consequences.

We appreciate your leadership, both in advancing our agenda and by moving a package of bills this year to roll back regulations. This effort has already helped deliver much needed relief and advance economic growth. Further, we have been encouraged by your work to date to help us stay on track. However, there is much to be done.

Please be assured that our request is fully backed by our commitment to thoughtfully and diligently work through these issues. We simply recognize that making America great again requires a certain time commitment. Delivering meaningful results was never assumed to be easy, but the millions of Americans who placed their confidence in our leadership expect our full and best effort.

 

Sincerely,

  

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John Kennedy                                                             David Perdue

United States Senator                                                 United States Senator

 

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Joni Ernst                                                                    Dan Sullivan

United States Senator                                                 United States Senator

 

 

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Mike Rounds                                                               Thom Tillis                             

United States Senator                                                United States Senator

           

                      

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James Lankford                                                           Mike Lee

United States Senator                                                 United States Senator

 

 

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Steve Daines                                                               Luther Strange

United States Senator                                                 United States Senator

                        

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