Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) complained on Thursday that senators were showing up late to votes, and warned he would no longer continue to hold them open to accommodate stragglers regardless of party affiliation.
“I'm giving fair warning to everyone,” said Reid. "We've gotten very nonchalant about coming to vote."
On Wednesday, however, Reid — along with most of the Senate Democratic leadership — showed up about 25 minutes late to a cloture vote on the Veterans Administration funding bill.
"It's not fair to everyone else who gets here on time," said Reid on Thursday. "So everyone is on notice, we're going to cut the votes off at 20 minutes. People come straggling in eight, 10 minutes late. That's not going to work anymore. It will affect Democrats and Republicans."