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Reid Set On Having Veterans Day Recess

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that the chamber still plans to break for three days around the Veterans Day holiday next month.

“I’m really set on having a Veterans Day recess,— Reid told reporters at a press conference, noting the chamber has not had a break since September. “I have Senators say all the time it’s important to get home.—

The comments came shortly after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced a revised November floor schedule to allow for more time to work on health care reform legislation.

Reid announced earlier this month the Senate will not be in session Nov. 11-13 and will take off the entire week of Thanksgiving. He scheduled the two breaks in part because the Senate did not break for a week around the Columbus Day holiday.

Reid noted Tuesday that the Senate may have to be in session the weekend of Nov. 7-8 in order to complete its work and adjourn by Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The chamber still has a host of appropriations bills and nominations to consider, in addition to health care legislation.