December 17th, 2009
12:40 PM ET
11 months ago

Will the Senate be working over Christmas recess?


Washington (CNN) -
It's known as the "greatest deliberative body in the world," and with health care reform on the docket, the Senate's debate on the contentious bill could last through Congress' Christmas recess.

The goal, President Obama recently said, is for the Senate to pass legislation by Christmas - though opposition from Republicans could derail the hope.

While the House has wrapped up much of its business for the year and has already passed its form of the reform bill, senators have been working around the clock and on weekends.

With the push to get a reform bill passed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who controls the legislative body's calendar, could keep the Senate in session into at least part of the break, which is set when the Senate is done with its business.

One senator has already prepared for the possibility.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Jane/Seattle

    As it stands this is a giveaway to Big HealthCare! It is more than disgusting that our government is bought and paid for against US! Isn't this known as TREASON?

    December 17, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Nancy, MI

    They should because they're not doing so well. Both Dems and Repugs should keep working until we have the same healthcare that they have.

    December 17, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Johnny DC

    God forbid they (Democrats) be forced to further examine the monstrosity of a bill their health care solution truly is.

    They can moan and complain all they like about missing family Christmas back in their home state. They can't hide or run from the most obvious fact in this entire debate: the Christmas and New Years deadline for a health care bill is an unnecessary political deadline to encourage a quick and reckless pace in this process

    You want Christmas break? Take it. And take the months and months of deliberation and investigation necessary to fully examine all new aspects of this bill, including increased medicare eligibility, abortion discrepancies, and implications of a non-profit competitor versus the public option.

    December 17, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The goal was to get this done by August, but it appeared that Baucus had to get approved language from the big insurance companies. The senate took that whole month off, and now, it might be good to spend time getting this done.

    December 17, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    NOPE – they haven't worked at all – they just bicker and posture.

    They want pay raises, health insurance for themselves and their family, nice holidays with no money worries – them work? EVER?

    December 17, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    They had better be at work.

    I want to see them, everyone of them, on CSPAN on Christmas day hard at work. Of course the Judas Lieberman will not care as he does not believe in Jesus.

    A bad bill that strips out the cost saving measures and allows Insurance industry to raise processes is NOT acceptable.

    December 17, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Peggy - TX

    On Christmas day as they contemplate further devious (no better word is evil) ways to stop this bill, I hope that those that do believe in Jesus’ words will be reminded that at the core of Jesus’ teachings was the need of wealthy member’s of the society to take care of the widows and orphans and disabled.

    He preached that it would be easier for a rope to be treated then for a rich man to go to heaven.

    Not impossible, but with great difficulty.

    I

    December 17, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Huh?

    the "greatest deliberative body in the world," ?????????

    How about "the greatest body of deliberate liars in the world" led by Reid, Dodd, Frank, Schumer, Kerry!

    December 17, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Silence Dogoode

    If I have to those greedy, lying thieves should have to work too!

    Just like a democrat ruining the constitution with fed healthcare AND ruining Chrismas too! A great combination of Scrooge and the Grinch

    Give it up!

    December 17, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. james Miller

    They will have to call the insurance companies to get an OK to leave.

    December 17, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Peggy - TX

    On Christmas day as they contemplate further devious (no better word is evil) ways to stop this bill, I hope that those that do believe in Jesus’ words will be reminded that at the core of Jesus’ teachings was the need of wealthy member’s of the society to take care of the widows and orphans and disabled.

    He preached that it would be easier for a rope to be threaded through the eye of a neddle then for a rich man to go to heaven.

    Not impossible, but with great difficulty

    December 17, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Whiz Kid

    Nope, they don't even work the rest of the year, why change things now?

    December 17, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Steph

    If the Republicans want to slow it down...make them stay through the Christmas and New Year break Sen. Reid. If they can pull crap like they did yesterday, you can play hard-ball too! WE NEED REFORM!

    December 17, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Steph

    All I want for Christmas is health care reform.

    December 17, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Minnesotan

    I say keep em all there until this thing gets passed. Make all the Dem's understand this is a sacrifice worth making. And make the GOP understand that all their delaying tactics will only serve to lengthen the amount of time they are in session and shorten their break too. In fact, I'd relish the thought that all these idiots had to completely miss Xmas altogether. There are a few who don't deserve that, but those are the ones that'd also GLADLY stick this thing out if it meant helping the American people. Let the GOP suffer thru the holidays for all their corporate fat-cats. Seems almost ironic.

    December 17, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. slipthalo

    I think it would serve them right to have to work not only thru the recess but on Christmas Day and New Years Day too.

    December 17, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Weenie Brown

    I'm proud that the republicans have not been working since Obama was sworn in, so it won't matter if they go home early. It makes me feel good to pay their salaries and healthcare for nothing. Oh, I almost forgot, Obummer.

    December 17, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. cm

    We The People who pays to all of them demand The Senate to stay and work in all the issues that are important for our country, like health care reform, the jobs bill. They can not just go home to celebrate The Holidays when millions of Americans are without jobs and health insurance.... We hire them and we can just fire them and this goes to all Democrats for Infighting and Republicans for obstructing.. Oh! Independents Watch out we have our eyes on you too.

    December 17, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    They better be working over the recess. They don't get paid to sit around and lallygag.

    December 17, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. demmie2

    well, why not? Pass the unpopular bill that only the minorty support on a day when few will notice. thats how obama rolls...

    December 17, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. George

    They better work over the holidays for the American people. The best thing the could do it out a public option or the early medicare buy out option, then let Joe Lieberman vote no. He and his republican friends can be the reason we get no health care reform. All Republicans and some democrats are bought out by the insurance companies. They could care less what America needs, as long as they get their money.
    Let people die bcause of no health care. Joe and GOPER friends could care less about the uninsured. Get some guts and put both options back in the bill dems. If these options are not in the bill, then just plain forget it and cower down to the fat cat insurance CEO's.
    President Obama, get tough and quit sitting on the sideline. Get in the game.

    December 17, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Glennis

    Why bother? And why would we believe they were actually working instead of simply posturing? They certainly don't seem capable of earning their keep so far. I think we need to cut their salaries and send them home for most of the year. That way, they can listen to their constituents and get to know them, with the added benefit of preventing them from doing more damage by being in Washington all year.

    December 17, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Jim

    They should keep working on this until its done. The Republicans are just being ridiculous at this point. They are filibustering everything. The house has passed 105 bills that are just sitting in the Senate. Its analogous to a Maoist approach to toppling a government by obstructing it until everyone hates it.

    December 17, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Bad bills shouldn't pass

    note to Senate: GO HOME!

    December 17, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. unemployed by Obama

    they dont work now, so how can they work over the recess. Time to vote all the fools out.

    December 17, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
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