Reid slams House for light schedule

Anne Wernikoff

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.”

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Reid said that in the next four weeks the Senate would take off only Veterans’ Day and weekends. He warned that senators should expect to have votes on Mondays and Fridays.

“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.