Sixteen GOP senators sent a letter yesterday to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to cancel the August recess and keep Congress open on Mondays and Fridays until the Senate finishes its work.
They specifically mention confirming the remaining presidential nominations and solidifying the new spending bill. The tactic is also designed to undercut Democrats’ attempts to stall presidential priorities and make them think twice before giving up their weekend fundraising campaigns.
Many Americans would not doubt applaud the willingness of these 16 senators to continue working until they finish the tasks they were sent to Washington to do.
Unfortunately, their initiative is the exception rather than the rule on Capitol Hill.
The vast majority of Senators and Representatives wouldn’t dream of giving up their vacation/fundraising time to continue working in D.C. As the last-minute spending bills prove every year, they became Congressmen not to work hard for the good of the nation but to reap the benefits of national office. They spend the majority of their days campaigning for reelection and only get down to business when a government shutdown looms.
That’s why millions have joined the only nationwide grassroots effort dedicated to limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government using Article V of the Constitution: the Convention of States Project. An Article V Convention of States has the power to propose constitutional amendments that mandate term limits for federal officials, impose fiscal restraints on Congress, and, most importantly, return power to the states and the people.
Congress has broken our trust too many times. They’ve had their chance, and now it’s time for We the People to get back in the driver’s seat.