WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he was canceling most of the Senate’s time-honored August recess, an election-year move that could help lawmakers confirm more like President Donald Trump’s nominees while keeping vulnerable Democratic senators from the campaign trail.

McConnell, R-Ky., said he thought to shorten the common summer getaway “due on the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees” and then to operate on must-pass spending bills.

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