Reid Urges Colleagues to Wrap Up Business

Posted December 20, 2010 at 10:50am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a plea to his colleagues Monday to get their work done and head home.

“Last year, we were here this time up until Christmas Eve. I hope we don’t have to do that this year,” the Nevada Democrat said on the floor. “It certainly wouldn’t be to the liking of everyone here. We don’t need to, we hope everyone will cooperate and let us move forward.”

Reid had hoped to adjourn the Senate on Friday, but several bills have kept Members working. One of them, a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through March 4, is set for a procedural vote Tuesday, and Reid urged Senators to address the issue quickly. Noting that the current CR expires at midnight Tuesday, Reid said “we need to act as quickly as possible.”

A GOP leadership aide said it’s unclear whether Members would vote on the matter earlier than Tuesday.

Democrats also hope to ratify the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and pass a 9/11 health bill before leaving town for the year. Reid said he would like to complete action on those measures quickly and clear a package of outstanding executive branch nominations.

Senators will vote Monday on an amendment to START and hold a closed-door session to receive a private briefing on the proposal. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Sunday he would oppose ratifying the treaty during the lame-duck session. The measure requires 67 votes for ratification.