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Congress Departs For August, Trump Heads Off To Golf Resort Vacation

On Thursday night, the Senate adjourned until Sept. 5, joining the House in leaving Washington, D.C., for the August recess. On Friday, President Trump starts a 17-day “working vacation” at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. Before adjourning, the Senate unanimously agreed to nine pro-forma sessions, blocking Trump from making any recess appointments. There was some concern in the Senate, and discussion in the White House, that Trump would fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions in August and replace him with somebody who was not compromised by ties to Russia, or would appoint a new homeland security secretary to replace Chief of Staff John Kelly. Now he can’t. Congress will have a very full plate upon its return, including raising the debt ceiling and funding the federal government beyond Sept. 30.

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