Senate cancels Independence Day recess

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Thursday morning that he will cancel most of the Senate’s planned Independence Day recess.

Instead of taking off all of next week, the Senate will reconvene on Tuesday and will likely hold its first vote late in the afternoon to accommodate senators’ travel schedules.

“Liberty and justice should truly be for all,” said Reid, speaking on the holiday theme. “With liberty comes responsibility. We should take that responsibility seriously.

“That’s why the Senate will reconvene on Tuesday, the day after the Fourth,” said Reid. “We will do that because we have work to do … It's very important we do this.”

Reid’s decision came as a number of Republican senators threatened to filibuster any attempt to recess for the holiday.

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