Hoyer Suggests Weekend Session to Wrap Up

Posted September 23, 2008 at 6:24pm

The House may be in session this weekend if lawmakers are unable to finish legislative business by Friday, but don’t expect Democratic leaders to call Members back in the coming weeks.

“We are willing to work through the weekend if that is required,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday.

A top Senate aide also floated the prospect of a weekend session, adding that it was unclear if Senators would return next week.

Lawmakers were originally eyeing Friday as the targeted adjournment date. But that date was “obviously set early in the year, without consideration for this crisis,” Hoyer said.

“The Congress is not going to be in a position where we are not able to respond — even if we are not here — to come back within a very short period of time to respond to actions that we need to take,” the Majority Leader said.

Hoyer said he has not discussed with Jewish Members the possibility of working over Rosh Hashanah next week because he is hopeful that legislative business “won’t go that far.”

The schedule for this week is still in flux. Lawmakers have several major bills to pass by Friday, including a $700 billion financial market bailout bill, an economic stimulus package and a continuing resolution to keep the government funded.

Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) said Tuesday night that he expected the CR on the floor Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, the House is set to take up an energy business tax-extenders bill. Hoyer said the House will consider the bailout bill either Thursday or Friday.

Hoyer said bills relating to disaster relief, the alternative minimum tax, Amtrak and the fiscal 2009 Defense authorization will surface on the suspension calendar.