Meet the ‘coalition of the cranky’ in Congress

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray knew exactly what she would miss the most because of the Republican leadership’s decision to eliminate much of the previously sacrosanct tradition of August recess.

“The ability to decompress and remember why I like this job,” Murray (Wash.) said.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will not be able to visit far-flung corners of her vast state, places that require a couple of days to travel and warm weather. “This is the only time I am able to get out and visit some of my constituents,” she said.

For the first time in decades, senators are scheduled to spend most of August in session working on confirming President Trump’s nominees and passing the annual spending bills to keep federal agencies running.

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