Brian Schatz must not be too worried about winning re-election.

After all, his office said Saturday that he is leading a congressional visit to Asia this weekend — just four weeks ahead of the Aug. 13 primary.

Schatz plans to participate “in high-level meetings with leaders in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines,” says a press release.

Members of the delegation include U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), John Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Donna Edwards (D-Md.).

Senator Brian Schatz Editorial Board May 5 2016 Wednesday
Sen. Brian Schatz. Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Before heading to Asia, says Schatz’s office, the delegation toured U.S. Pacific Command headquarters at Camp Smith in Honolulu, met with Admiral Harry Harris, PACOM’s commander; observed the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise; and met with sailors serving aboard the USS America.

Congress began a seven-week recess Thursday, says the New York Times, “leaving behind a trail of partisan fights, a failed bill to help fight the Zika virus, a stalemate on gun safety and a few mundane accomplishments that members hoped to sell as awesome to voters in an unsparing mood.”

Also left in the dust: “scores of judicial confirmations, a sweeping bipartisan criminal justice reform package and basic appropriations bills were left scattered about like errant wrappers from the Senate candy drawer.”

Way to go, gang.

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