Reid Plans Mid-November Session

Posted October 2, 2008 at 8:03am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Wednesday night that the Senate will return for a lame-duck session in mid-November to pass land bills, CongressNow reported.

Reid said the Senate would be in session for “several days” the week of Nov. 17 when it returns for organizational meetings for the 111th Congress. “The one thing we are going to move to is a lands package,” he said.

Reid did not specify what bills would come, but he said Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) would be putting the package together.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) did not object to Reid’s plan and said it’s “very clear” the Senate will be back for a “few days” in November.

Reid said the Senate would adjourn for this fall’s elections after the House acts on a financial bailout package.

With the House not expected to consider the legislation until Friday, Reid said, the Senate would remain in session the next two days, but no votes have been scheduled for Thursday.

“We’ll see Friday what the House does,” Reid said.