By Ramsey Cox
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized the House for not working as hard as the Senate will in the upcoming weeks.
“They’re going to work until noon on Wednesday and then they’re going to take off 10 days,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. “Now until end of the year they only have 18 days of working scheduled. … That’s all I’m going to say on that.”
“This work period is going to be four-weeks long. It’s going to go by very quickly but we have a great deal to accomplish in this time period,” Reid said. “This means we’re going to have to work Mondays and Fridays.”
Reid said the Senate would consider legislation to end employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, make compounding drugs safer, create jobs and reauthorize defense spending.
The Senate returns Monday after a 10 day break itself. Lawmakers left town after they passed a deal to reopen the government and ensure the government didn't default on its payments.