Reid warns Senate they could stay in Washington through Thanksgiving

Reid warns Senate they could stay in Washington through Thanksgiving

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidIf Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out MORE (D-Nev.) said Wednesday the Senate could work through the weekend and into next week, staying in town while the supercommittee works on a deficit deal.

Reid said the Senate would not recess for Thanksgiving unless lawmakers had made substantial progress on the Defense authorization bill. That would keep lawmakers in Washington with members of the supercommittee, which is racing to meet its Nov. 23 deadline.

In the past, Reid has threatened to force colleagues to work over the weekend or into the start of a recess to give them a sense of urgency.

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A House GOP leadership aide said he did not know whether Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE (R-Ohio) would keep the House in session through the weekend or into next week.

“I know everyone wants to get home for Thanksgiving. We all do. But we have an obligation here,” Reid told colleagues on the Senate floor. “After Thanksgiving, we have only a few weeks to get everything done.

“If we have procedural obstacles on that very important legislation, it will mean we have to work the weekend into next week,” he said of the Defense authorization measure. “I want to make sure everyone understands that.”