(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a long list of things to do this summer, hoping to net a string of smaller but solid victories for Republicans -- including members of his conference up for re-election -- as well as the President.
Among the largest tasks facing senators as they return from recess Monday, McConnell has said over the next few weeks he will move several government spending bills, packaged together into small groups, to restore "regular order" on appropriations bills, something that hasn't been achieved in many years.
The push comes after bipartisan frustration over a process that led to agency shutdowns earlier this year and governing by "continuing resolutions," large catch-all bills that were not carefully tailored to the needs of agencies.
The sentiment to change was reenforced by Trump who vowed never again to sign one of the giant bills.
McConnell has threatened to keep the Senate in session into the August recess -- a move Trump has publicly backed -- if sufficient progress isn't made on the spending bills and backlog of nominations created by nearly constant Democratic filibusters. That could hurt members of the Democratic caucus, 25 of whom are up for re-election, 10 from red and purple states Trump won.
Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and the second ranking GOP senator as whip, has suggested also that Democrats could be forced to work longer weeks in September and October -- and be kept off the campaign trail during that critical stretch -- if they continue to slow-walk nominees and other legislation.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who is in talks with McConnell about the schedule, has said he is hopeful they won't have to work into August.
As for Trump's pick to lead the Veterans Affairs department, GOP leaders appeared more optimistic than they did for previous nominee Ronny Jackson.
"I think he's a great choice," said Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, chair of the VA Committee, who watched Trump's last pick for the top VA job withdraw after facing a variety of complaints about his personal and professional conduct.
One thing McConnell is not expected to address this summer is immigration.
McConnell said in the interview with Roll Call that there wouldn't be enough floor time available.