U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement after joining a group of 15 Senators to ask Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to consider cancelling the August state work period. 

“We have long-term problems that the Congress isn’t serious about fixing,” said Senator Sasse. “And, this is a simple fact: our issues won’t go away while the Senate is spending August elsewhere. The budget will still be broken. We still won’t have serious strategies for the age of cyber and jihad. Putin’s thugs will keep working to divide us. And, we’ll still be on the brink of a trade war. The Senate should stay in session, working overtime. Don’t get me wrong: to represent our states well, we must listen and learn from our constituents. But we can’t keep burying our heads in the sand as if everything will be magically better tomorrow — especially as our adversaries around the world look to get a foot up on us. We have too much work to do.”

Senators signing the letter included, Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Dean Heller (R-NV), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), David Perdue (R-GA), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

Text of the letter can be found here.