Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement as the Republican Senate left for its longest summer recess in the modern era. Shortly after 2:30 pm today, the Senate announced that there will be no more votes until Tuesday, September 6th.
“Republicans are refusing to do their jobs. Instead of negotiating a bipartisan compromise to combat the Zika epidemic, Republicans rushed to the exits to start their seven-week recess – the longest summer recess since the Senate began taking them in the 1960s. Sadly, this is typical: this Republican Senate is defined by its twisted priorities and unfinished business.
“The American people expect their elected officials to try to solve problems. At the very least, the American people demand their senators to at least show up to work on a regular basis. But Senate Republicans have done neither. Instead, they are setting dubious records for the fewest working days and the fewest judges confirmed. Republicans have denigrated this institution with their obstruction. I hope they will consider the consequences of their inaction over this seven-week vacation.”
*Summer recesses included are those that began in late June, July, and August. Summer recess length does not include the Independence Day recess unless it was at least two full weeks. Length counts only full Monday through Friday weeks.