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House Democrats Continue Payroll Holiday Push

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A reporter then pointed out that Edwards had presided over pro forma sessions when Democrats were in power. She was then asked if she anticipated those days to be work days when she drove from her Maryland district to the Capitol.

“For me, as a Member of Congress representing the people of the 4th Congressional district, every day is a work day,” she said.

Pelosi was also asked whether she was demanding Senate Democrats come back to town, since the Senate is also in pro-forma session, with most Senators back at home.

Pelosi said her charge for lawmakers to return to Washington also included Senate Democrats. “We’re asking all of the conferees” to come back to Washington, she said.

The Minority Leader seemed to indicate that her Democratic colleagues had also convened a meeting, but Senate sources could not confirm that was the case. The four Democrats have been in conversation over recess, according to leadership sources, and their task had been getting informal briefings from Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) about previous deficit reduction efforts and the menu of offsets available to help fund the full-year extension.

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