Reid Suggests He May Scrap Weekend Session

Posted December 9, 2009 at 6:00pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hinted Wednesday night the chamber may not be in session voting over the weekend, giving Members a brief reprieve from the health care debate.

“I’ve indicated to the Republican leader that it would probably be to everyone’s advantage if we allowed people to go home for the weekend,— Reid said in a floor statement, noting the chamber will likely turn briefly from the health care bill next week to pass an omnibus appropriations bill.

Reid’s comments came just after Democrats were briefed in a special caucus on a tentative deal on the health care bill. He noted that as the chamber waits for cost projections from the Congressional Budget Office, “I see no reason to punish everyone this weekend.—