December 17th, 2009
12:40 PM ET
8 years 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. southerncousin

    If these people were such lying phonies, working on phony issues to the detriment of the American taxpayer, I would feel sorry for them. The way things are with this ridiculous bunch, I say make them work and turn of the heat in the building. Let them burn Harry Reid for heat.

    December 17, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Eric in Denver

    If there is a chance for them to blow more money of the average taxpayer they will work. This congress is a complete failure. They have never met a dollar that they couldn't waste for some failed cause. Stimulus bill, bank bailouts, car bailouts, mini stimulus, Tarp, cap and con. They are a complete joke!!!!!

    December 17, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    NO – Because President Obama will VETO the bill and they will start again after the holidays!! Health Care Reform will eventually pass!! The REPUKES wanted more time – so now they will get it – WHAT will be their excuse now??? The sick Party of NO Suggestions and NO Solutions!!!

    December 17, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Fitz in Texas

    "Christmas recess" careful CNN.....we don't say Christmas anymore, right? We call it Holiday and Holiday Tree. Wouldn't want to upset some folks out there now would you....


    There, it sure feels good not to be PC.

    December 17, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Highly doubtful. The Congress rarely works all that hard.

    December 17, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. PK

    Can anything they do really be defined as "work?"

    December 17, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Arden Muller

    The senate darn well better be working this Christmas holiday. After what they have done to health care they don't deserve time off. I wonder how many Americans will die this holiday because they don't have health care? I doubt if the Fat Cats on Wall Street, the Repubs, or the Fat Cat bankers or any of our so called leaders are concerned. Merry Christmas.

    December 17, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. SocialismBad

    Haven't they run out of lipstick and wigs for this pig yet??!!

    It doesn't do ANYTHING they said it would do and yet they continue to try to rush some piece of crap legislation through just to say they passed something. Have the Democrats gone completely mad???

    December 17, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Hammerer

    Reid will take whatever steps he thinks will ram through the healthcare bill before the senators take a break. He knows that if the senators go home and face the voters that there is no chance to pass his "vapor" bill.
    All sides oppose this atrocity now.

    December 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Jim

    They should...but the GOP can go home. Its not like theyare actually contributing to anything.

    December 17, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. RichP the Pocono's

    I hope not, they mess things up enough during normal working days. All of you GO HOME, LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE WHO PUT YOU IN OFFICE. All you have to listen to now is the lobbyists and other buyers.

    December 17, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Linda Feldman

    It may be the last week they ever "work" and then they will need health insurance while they are looking for work.

    December 17, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Terry from West Texas

    Oh, why don't they just go home? They're not doing anything at the moment anyway.

    Will Rogers said, "When Congress is in session, I feel like I do when I see the baby pick up a hammer." He saw Congress as destructive, I guess. I see them as comatose.

    In the end, we'll have a "health program" in which everything stays exactly the same, nothing changes, nothing is improved, and no income stream to any corporation is reduced by a penny.

    December 17, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Wondering

    I was wondering why CNN's Ed Hornick says, "Republicans could derail the hope." I thought the Democrats controlled Congress and could do whatever they want when ever, however, and where ever they want.

    December 17, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Laura, Boston

    The Senate (as well as the house) barely ever works period when it isn't a holiday so what makes you think they will actually work over Christmas recess?

    If I had off as many days as they did and made the money they make for the amount of work they!

    So, I'll post my comment and get back to work so I am not one of the many who unfortunately don't have work this holiday season.

    December 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. independent

    Keep them there until the business is done.

    December 17, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. strong

    Senate working over the Christmas recess??? Say it ain't so.

    Only the "populace" works at Christmas.

    December 17, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. notfooledbydistractions

    They should be working, they're bottlenecking the legislation, they should stay until it's complete just like any other business. If the republicans think they were so clever stalling the health care legislation, maybe they'll rethink that strategy when they're working over the holidays.

    December 17, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Working? Who said it was "working" now? Looks to be pretty much broken to me. They don't work for us anymore. All any of them give a sh-t about are their corporate backers and their own political careers that keep them rolling in corporate backer dough. We've got Dems acting like sissies and GOPers acting like bullies and nobody caring that while we've paid them all year to come up with health care reform that will work and realistic solutions to the economy, The GOP has done everything it can to make sure nothing gets done whatsoever so it can blame our continuing and worsening problems on the Dems, and the Dems have proven completely and utterly ineffective at telling them to go shove something where the sun don't shine because they're afraid that actually leading and taking charge to get things done will cost them re-election.

    December 17, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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