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Reid Cracks the Whip

Posted by Jeff Dircksen - June 04, 2009

From the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire blog:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned senators todayto expect a "very long hard work period" in July, with the chamber expected to plunge into debate on legislation overhauling the nation's health care system.

Typically, the heaviest work days on Capitol Hill are Tuesday through Thursday, with floor votes and committee hearings scheduled rarely on Mondays and Fridays, which are often travel days for lawmakers. But the Nevada Democrat said the Senate would work Monday through Friday from July 5 to Aug. 7, when Congress is scheduled to go on recess for the balance of the summer. The only day in the workweek that senators should not expect votes is July 17, he said. [emphasis added]

How about this? Instead of mucking around with the health care system, they just take the month off. Any problems with that?

Thoughts?   Add Comment -

Floyd Looney said on Jun 04 2009 at 10:48am
Yeah, I heard he used the stimulus package to build a train to the Brothels. This is to stimulate the tourists to the state I guess.

Doug said on Jun 04 2009 at 11:02am
I don't know, maybe expecting Congress to actually work 5 whole days in a week isn't a bad one.

It would be better spent reading and rereading the Constitution, though, rather than meddling any more in our lives. So, how about they work all month practicing handwriting by recopying copies of the Constitution by hand. Wouldn't hurt.

And what's so special about July 17th?

Jeff Dircksen said on Jun 04 2009 at 2:45pm
What is special about July 17th? Excellent question. Here is the original, tentative legislative calendar for the Senate, I didn't see anything about July 17th on it.

Here is info from Wikipedia for July 17th,

Hope this isn't the reason: "The sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, originally scheduled for a November 21 release, has now been moved to July 17, 2009 in the US and major international markets..."

Doug said on Jun 04 2009 at 3:00pm
So the implication is that the Senate is going to work a whole month, but get the day off for the Harry Potter film?

Well, they have magical powers in Congress, powers to make prosperity and freedom disappear, power to declare themselves above the law, power to create bureaucracy from nothing!

Jeff Dircksen said on Jun 04 2009 at 3:18pm
Doug -- yes, but the movie is supposed to be way super cool!

jackjames said on Jun 05 2009 at 8:38am

The warm feeling I get when someone is thoughtful enough to say thank you for having been helped far outweighs the empty one
I get when there's no feedback at all find lawyer

James Artre said on Jun 09 2009 at 11:45am
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Thank you for considering my comments.


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