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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Tuesday after it was announced the first two weeks of August recess had been cancelled:

“The American people elected us to govern, and when our ability to govern is thwarted by artificially imposed deadlines it doesn’t serve anyone’s interest,” Sen. Lee said. “We have an enormous amount of work to do, and whether you are on the left, right, or in the middle, it is difficult to dispute the fact that there is a lot that needs to be done. It just doesn’t make any sense to take the month of August off, and that is why I welcome leadership’s decision to cancel the first two week of the planned August break.”