U.S. Senator John Kennedy is among 10 Senate Republicans calling for the cancellation of the August recess in order to address issues that demand immediate attention.

Kennedy says the current Senate calendar shows only 33 potential working days remaining before the end of the fiscal year and they've yet to approve meaningful reforms.

"Tax reform, health care, fixing Dodd-Frank, getting a flood insurance bill passed, passing an infrastructure bill," Kennedy said.

Kennedy says changes are still being made to the Senate health care reform bill and he's waiting to see if the final product is better than so-called Obamacare.

"And as soon as I get the final copy, I'll read it and make a decision, but if it is better than Obamacare than I'll vote for it," Kennedy said.

Kennedy says Congress has three months to extend the National Flood Insurance Program, which expires September 30th. He says a budget and 12 appropriations bills before that date also has to be approved to avoid a government shutdown.

"I'm not trying to be mean spirited, I know people need a vacation, but we just haven't gotten as much done as I like, and I say let's stay there through August," Kennedy said.