UPDATED 9:41 AM PT — Wed. Nov. 28, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently outlined his priorities for the remainder of the year. In a series of tweets Wednesday, McConnell said the upper chamber is focused on getting more of the president’s team in place, confirming judicial nominees and dealing with other legislative business.
He also slammed Democrats by claiming they have made the chamber drag its feet, but promised to do what he can to close out the 115th Congress in a strong way.
The Senate is focused on wrapping up this year’s remaining priorities: getting more of the president’s team in place, confirming well-qualified nominees to our federal courts, and attending to the pressing legislative business the American people expect us to handle.
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) November 28, 2018
While the Senate has 51 Republicans this term, it will have 53 starting in January.
Meanwhile, outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress is working to create a more confident, prosperous and secure America in the last two weeks of the congressional sessions.
During a briefing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, the speaker said Republicans are working on wrapping up the farm bill, criminal justice reform and border security.
Ryan echoed the sentiment of his colleagues by saying now that the election is over, he hopes Democrats can put politics aside and work on securing the border.
However, the Speaker said the Senate was the real obstacle in getting any border security measures passed.