December Session Back in Play

Posted November 20, 2008 at 8:50am

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate will likely leave town for the month later today when it completes action on an unemployment insurance bill but may have to return in December.

“It may be necessary that we come back after Thanksgiving,” Reid said in his opening statement on the Senate floor this morning.

Reid did not mention what items would be on the agenda next month, but the top Senate Democrat has been working all week to push through a loan for the ailing automotive industry. Reid has run into Republican roadblocks, however. GOP lawmakers have argued the carmakers should retool their companies before they are given any additional federal money.

Meanwhile, House Democrats are sending mixed messages about returning for another lame-duck session. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) all but slammed the door shut on the idea Wednesday, while House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) reiterated Thursday that Members still could be called on.

“I still think that’s a possibility,” Hoyer said, noting the economy is under increasing stress. But Hoyer said he hasn’t give up hope on getting something done this week. “We’re here and ready to go.” he said.