The U.S. Senate is on track to work the fewest number of days since 1956, a fact that Democrats seized on Wednesday to attack the chamber’s Republican leadership.
Senators returned last week to Washington after a seven-week break. Another recess could come as early as the end of this week or next, freeing embattled senators to return to the campaign trail in their states.
But newly rested legislators so far have failed to make clear progress toward funding the fight against Zika, voting on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee or averting a government shutdown.
Eager to wrest control of the Senate from Republicans in November, Democrats hope to pin the lack of productivity on their GOP colleagues.
To that end, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri hauled a new prop to the Senate floor on Wednesday: a 2016 calendar.
The days legislators were not scheduled to be in Washington were marked out in black.
It has been more than 60 years, she said, since the Senate has worked so few days.