WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today canceled the August recess, denying vulnerable Democrats such as Bill Nelson prime opportunity to campaign at home.
"This is nothing but raw politics," Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times and other reporters after a Capitol Hill event with Parkland students.
McConnell said his decision was based on the "historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year."
The first week, however, will be a state work period.
"He can do all of that stuff and of course, I'll be here voting, which is why the people sent me here," Nelson said.
Isn't there anything on the agenda worth taking up? Nelson said, "Of course. We've got a lot of stuff. But that wasn't the question, the question was about Mitch McConnell and his intent."
McConnell's move pleased Nelson's opponent, Gov. Rick Scott, who said, "Working Floridians don't get to take the month of August off, and neither should career politicians."
Nelson will still find time to fundraise in Washington and can likely find ways to insert himself in the news. But he'll be denied time to work the state.