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"Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make addition progress on the president's nominees".

The proposal will be offered as an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which is must-pass legislation and makes the prospect of a presidential veto that much more hard on the White House's end. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyMcCabe seeking immunity for Senate testimony on Clinton email probe Overnight Health Care - Sponsored by PCMA - Medicare trust fund to run short years earlier than expected WATCH: Grassley says Dems will decide whether Senate works in August MORE (Iowa) warned Trump to "be careful in dealings or else agriculture is the first to be retaliated against".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, tells reporters he intends to cancel the traditional August recess to deal with backlogged tasks.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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McConnell, R-Ky., said he chose to shorten the usual summer getaway "due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees" and to work on must-pass spending bills. Some GOP senators sent a letter to McConnell last month urging him to keep the chamber in session to vote on nominations and legislation, and Senate leaders have said the appetite to stay in town has grown in their ranks.

Asked if his shortening of the recess was aimed at pressuring Democrats to halt delaying tactics against Trump's nominees, McConnell showed no willingness of reviving the break if the pace of nominations quickens.

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Not all is lost for senators hoping to take a break.

"We can not continue to allow Congress to wait until our government is nearing another shutdown to present a 2,000-page bill and then give lawmakers a "choice" of shutting down the government or passing a bill no one has read", Martin warned.

Democrats immediately responded that Republicans are so nervous about the November midterm election that will determine control of the Senate that McConnell is keeping Democrats away from the campaign trail this summer.

The Washington Post claims McConnell's move puts vulnerable Democratic senators in somewhat of a bind.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who is up for re-election in November, blasted McConnell in a statement Tuesday.

"I'm all for cooperation, but if you look at the amount of work that we have to do, it's inconceivable to me that we can't use these weeks", said McConnell. "So this is a totally politically motivated action on his part", Hirono said.

The delays have affected the confirmation of various appointees, from judicial nominees to potential ambassadors.