Republican Senate Set to Work Lightest Schedule In 60 Years

FACT: Senate on pace to work fewest days this year of any Senate since 1956  

Republicans Left Town Without Action on Supreme Court, Zika Virus, Flint Water Crisis

Politico: “Senate Republicans have left town for another recess with their yearlong claim that the Senate is ‘back to work’ an increasingly tough sell to voters.”

Politico: Senate On Pace For Lightest Work Schedule In 60 Years

“Senate Republicans have left town for another recess with their yearlong claim that the Senate is ‘back to work’ an increasingly tough sell to voters. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has worked painstakingly to craft an identity that’s distinct from the raucous presidential contest — one built on stability and passage of legislation the Democrats couldn’t get through when they controlled the Senate. But the chamber is on pace to work the fewest days in 60 years, the party continues to insist it won’t act on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, and Republicans’ ballyhooed strategy to shepherd all dozen spending bills through the chamber is in serious trouble.”

Republicans Criticize McConnell’s Lazy Agenda.

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA): But “what we didn’t do is deal with some of the priorities people back home want us to,” Perdue said, such the national debt and entitlement reforms. “When I go home … people are saying, ‘Yeah, you did some things, but what about these big issues?’” [Politico, 5/2/16]graphic1

Sources:  Resume of Congressional Activity; 2016 Tentative Schedule

The Senate hasn’t held a Friday vote in 2016. The last time the Senate got any work done on a Friday was February 12.