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Unresolved issues, very little time for Senate GOP


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The Senate will return to Washington next month facing a breakneck schedule with a slew of unresolved issues, including healthcare, defense and the budget. 

Republicans kicked a vote on repealing and replacing ObamaCare until after the July 4 recess, hoping to buy themselves more time to overcome the impasse between moderates and conservatives. 


But the move adds another piece of legislation to what was already expected to be a jam-packed laundry list and a tight floor schedule. 

The Senate will likely leave town for the weeklong break on Thursday after spending two days eating through floor time on a nomination vote as they negotiated behind closed doors on healthcare.

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, pushed back against suggestions that delaying healthcare would have a domino effect, arguing lawmakers can walk and chew gum at the same time. 

“I think those can occur concurrently,” he told reporters when asked what a July healthcare vote meant for raising the debt ceiling or appropriations bills.

Yet, when lawmakers return to Washington on July 10, they are scheduled to be in session for three weeks before they depart again until early September — where they will immediately need to fund the government to avoid a shutdown. 


Not doing their phony baloney jobs?

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