Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he's canceled the chambers's traditional August recess, citing Democrat's "obstruction" and the need to pass spending bills. In a brief written statement, he said "Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriation bills, and to make additional progress on the president's nominees."
Senator John Kennedy reacted to McConnell's announcement by saying:
"I'm damn glad. Look, I enjoy going back to America as much as anybody getting out of Washington, DC. I'm a lot more comfortable with the people of Louisiana then the Washington cartel, but I was sent up here to do a job and we've done a lot tax cuts, Neil Gorsuch, deregulation, but we've got a lot more to do and Louisianians understand that good things come to those who work their ass off and I'm ready to work nights, weekends, all of August, Christmas, whatever it takes. Now, we've got a lot of issues that haven't addressed part of the problem has been obstructionist tactics of our friend's on the other side, the democratic party. The democrats in the Senate have white hot hatred for President Trump. They don't want to see him have any successes. I regret that but and that's certainly their right but we're just going to have to work longer hours. I signed the letter to the leader he understands that we need to work harder and we're gonna do it and I'm glad."
Senator John Kennedy joins Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss.
On why he was supportive of McConnell's move: I like to leave Washington and go back to America as much as anybody. But we've still got a lot of work left to do but our Democratic friends are making it as hard as they can throwing up every obstacle they can to try to slow things sown so we need the extra time. I'm prepared to work nights, weekends, august break, Christmas break whatever we need to do to get the people's business done. (00:50)
On President Trump pardoning himself: I think all this is an interesting discussion, but it's academic. The president is way too smart to do something like that. The president would not do something like that. I don't know why he raised this issue. I don't know whether he's right legally or not. I just don't consider it to be a real issue. (5:42)
On if he is feeling better about electoral prospects: I don't know about the policy. I trust the American people. I do know this I'm happy. I'm happy for the American people. (8:03)