WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned senators to cancel their travel plans this weekend because he has scheduled a vote Sunday morning on a long-stalled lands bill.
Beyond that, Reid said because “everything that should be up is down” in this country, senators will need to work weekends regularly until things are turned around.
“As Sen. Obama said, there are people who would love to be able to work on Sunday,” Reid said in a floor speech Wednesday. “We’re going to have to spend a little time on Saturdays and Sundays and night time especially during the first several months of this difficult time.”
An aide confirmed that Reid wants to schedule the weekend sessions to help push through the Democrats’ broad agenda. Reid has scheduled a procedural vote for this Sunday, morning but will cancel it if Republican Sen. Tom Coburn lifts his objections to the bill. Coburn said late Wednesday he would continue to fight the bill unless major changes are made to it.
GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell responded at a news conference: “It's certainly his prerogative to have us vote on Sunday if he would like to. I suppose I would point out whatever vote we could have on Sunday we could have on Monday, and it would probably be a bigger challenge for the majority to get an adequate number of votes on Sunday than for us, but that's - that's really his call.”