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Congress might not get summer vacation this year

Republican leadership in Congress is considering canceling legislators' month-long August recess, The Hill reports, to allow more time for work on tax reform, health-care policy, and other agenda priorities.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has attempted to schedule a health-care bill vote in the two weeks before the July 4 break, but that looks increasingly unlikely. The slow pace of health-care negotiations delays the 2018 budget resolution, which in turn affects progress on tax reform and other appropriations votes. The deadline for many of these votes is Sept. 30 if another government shutdown is to be avoided.

"I think there's a majority that probably supports" working through the August recess, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) told The Hill. "I don't want to wait until the last week [before shutdown] to be forced into a [continuing resolution]. That's ridiculous."