In this Congress, Republicans have waged 87 filibusters. They have used every trick in the book to delay legislation.

In 15 minutes we are going to proceed to the START Treaty. Sen. DeMint is going to make us read the entire treaty, in an effort to stall us from passing it.

Then Senate Republicans are going to make us read the bill we need to pass in order to fund the government.

These are additional days of wasted time we could be using to pass legislation and get home for the holidays.

Yet some of my Republican colleagues have the nerve to whine about having to stay and actually do the work the American people pay us for?

Perhaps Sens. Kyl and DeMint have been in Washington too long because in my state Nevadans employed in casinos and hotels have to work hard on holidays, including Christmas, to support their families.

Most people don’t get two weeks off yet alone one week off for Christmas. And those people who are lucky enough to have a job in these trying times need to work extra hours just to make ends meet.

So it is deeply offensive to me and millions of working Americans across this country for any Senator to suggest that working through the Christmas holiday is somehow “sacrilegious” or “disrespectful.”

The path to finishing this year lies in the hands of Sen. Kyl, Sen. DeMint and any other Senate Republican who are trying run out the clock or run out the door without finishing the American people’s business.

If they decide to work with us we can all have a happy holiday.