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Reid Stops Short of Assuring Vote on Sotomayor Before August

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday detailed a busy summer schedule for his chamber, promising longer days but stopping short of assuring a vote on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

“We also have to make a decision as to whether or not we’re going to be able to do the Supreme Court nomination during the next work period or that will spill over until the next period, which would be September,— Reid said, noting that he has spoken with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on when the Senate might take up the nomination. Democrats, with urging of Obama, have eyed a confirmation vote before the August recess, while Republicans are asking for more time.

Reid said that this month the Senate will move on a pair of appropriations bills as well as legislation to revive the tourism industry. The chamber must also pass the conference report to the $100 billion war supplemental bill.

Reid also underscored the need to pass legislation reauthorizing the Defense Department, which he said will include language overhauling the way the agency conducts military commissions. He also said the chamber might begin considering health care reform next month.

With such a busy schedule for the summer ahead, Reid, in typical fashion, warned colleagues to brace themselves for five-day work weeks and longer hours.

“We’re going to conduct business on Mondays and Fridays, and there will be roll call votes on those days,— he said.

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