Senators anxious to go home for the holidays
December 20th, 2013
11:14 AM ET
4 months ago

Senators anxious to go home for the holidays

(CNN) - The U.S. Senate suddenly feels a sense of urgency... to go home for the holidays.

"I urge my colleagues to stay on the floor so we can hold to these 10-minute deadlines. People have planes to catch," Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, said on the floor Friday as lawmakers began a series of last minutes votes to approve nominations.

Senators are voting Friday on the nominations of Alejandro Mayorkas to be the deputy secretary of Homeland Security; John Koskinen to be commissioner of the IRS; and Brian Davis to be a federal district judge for Florida.

Durbin isn't the first Senator to push for expediency in the chamber the week before holiday recess.

"There is nothing stronger than the smell of jet fumes on a Friday and that intoxicating effect is never stronger than during the holidays," said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, earlier this week.


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  1. rs

    Poor babies! Well, iif the GOP Sentaors hadn't set arecord for the greatest number of filibusters and secret hold ever, maybe stuff would have gotten done by now. Senseless obstructionism has a cost gentlemen!

    December 20, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. CB FL

    How will they respond to Rep. Trey Radel of FL to what he said when he got out of rehab. He says he thinks all members of congress should be drug tested. Does he know something we don't.

    December 20, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Donna

    Keep these slimey treacherous Democrats there straight through Christmas. This is the way THEY wanted it. Call it nuclear fallout!

    December 20, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "There is nothing stronger than the smell of jet fumes on a Friday and that intoxicating effect is never stronger than during the holidays," said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, earlier this week.
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    Obviously, he's referring to his colleagues in the House.

    December 20, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Malory Archer

    Keep these slimey treacherous neocons there straight through Christmas. This is the way THEY wanted it. Call it nuclear fallout!

    December 20, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Sniffit

    ""There is nothing stronger than the smell of jet fumes on a Friday and that intoxicating effect is never stronger than during the holidays," said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, earlier this week."

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    You sure it wasn't Trey Radel?

    December 20, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Duke

    So the GOP dashes out of town and the Dems. stay to get work done.

    Looks kinda bad to me.

    December 20, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I say if they don't get OUR business completed, shutdown Reagan National and don't allow them to leave.

    December 20, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Keep these slimey treacherous Democrats there straight through Christmas. "

    LOL. Guess who gets to decide that and which party he belongs to. Your derp is showing.

    December 20, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Donna

    Malory Archer
    Keep these slimey treacherous neocons there straight through Christmas. This is the way THEY wanted it. Call it nuclear fallout!
    -–

    Demonstrating your usual lack of brain usage I see. BTW, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

    December 20, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    Donna

    Demonstrating your usual lack of brain usage I see. BTW, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yep, that's our donna – incapable of anything but hate-filled ad hominem attacks. Keep up the good work!

    December 20, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. current state of the union

    Donna, you truly disgust me, ever notice how the truth and known fact disproves 99% of what you say, poor thing.

    December 20, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Senators anxious to go home for the holidays"

    America anxious to see both chambers of Congress do some freekin work and take less vacation.

    FIFY

    December 20, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. w l jones

    Before one take a vacation on any job first they have at least do some work!.. it appears none have been done all year lone. Bless.

    December 20, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    "There is nothing stronger than the smell of jet fumes on a Friday.................."

    Yep, everytime they go home they are "intoxicated" by their self-importance and pride when they think of all
    the things they didn't accomplish. And how many times a year does this happen? They are on a
    perpetual "holiday".

    What did Boehner say? "It's not how many laws we pass, it's how many we repeal".

    Have a wonderful three week vacation and enjoy spending your own welfare checks while you take away
    food for children, deny extended unemployment benefits and every other thing you have not done for the
    American people.

    Worst Congress ever.

    December 20, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Thomas

    @Donna
    We can only hope and pray for the good of the country he has to resign his Senate seat.

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    Please speak for yourself , do not use we in your statements . You don't speak with any compassion or humility .

    I have empathy for you and your family .

    Get well soon, Senator!

    December 20, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    current state of the union

    Donna, you truly disgust me, ever notice how the truth and known fact disproves 99% of what you say, poor thing.
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    Nope. Like so many others, the poor thing exhibits a limited range of vision, hearing, and comprehension. Not even time can cure it. Unlike fine wine, which gets better with age, bad wine turns into even worse vinegar.

    December 20, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Why don't you just stay home, your worthless anyway and lower then al cada terrorist . That's the view of the majority of Americans .

    December 20, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |