Reid Backs Off Threat, Will Not Hold Votes Monday

Posted May 12, 2009 at 9:55am

The Senate will be able complete its pre-Memorial Day legislative agenda without having to hold Monday votes, Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday.Reid’s announcement came one day after he warned his colleagues to prepare for votes next Monday to try to clear the backlog of executive branch nominations. The Senate is set to adjourn Friday, May 22, for a weeklong recess.“To say I got a few phone calls was an understatement,— Reid said on the Senate floor. “By popular demand, we’re going to not have any votes this Monday.—“I’ve spoken to the Republican Leader. We think we can work together and accomplish what we need to accomplish anyway,— Reid said. “We have a few things we need to do before we leave here next Thursday or Friday, so I want everyone to know that the no-vote day will be re-established on this coming Monday.—Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responded, saying the news was welcome: “I’m sure that his decision to stick with the no-vote Monday was greeted with great pleasure on this side of the aisle as well.— This week, the Senate is scheduled to take up legislation regulating the credit card industry. Next week, the chamber will likely vote on the $97 billion war spending bill.