FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, the Capitol is illuminated in Washington. Lawmakers are honing their messaging for the midterm elections as their summer recess looms. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GOP, Dems focus on messages as summer recess, elections near

July 25, 2018 - 1:29 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — With summer break looming, Republicans and Democrats alike are pushing messaging bills that are likely going nowhere soon but that will appeal to voters.

Republicans have pushed legislation through the House repealing a tax on some medical devices to help pay for President Barack Obama's health care law.

House Democrats have a plan for helping students afford college, in part by creating a partnership with states to provide two years of tuition-free community college.

Neither proposal is likely to become law soon. But it's the season for lawmakers to unfurl message bills for elections for control of Congress.

The House starts summer recess at week's end and won't reconvene until September. Lawmakers need bills they can cite at town halls and in advertising and use to excite voters and donors.

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