Reid: Senators Should Plan on a Noon-Time Sunday Session

Posted December 3, 2009 at 9:02am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that Senators should plan to come into session “around noon— on Sunday to continue to work through a series of amendments to his $848 billion health care reform bill. “I think we would come in somewhere around noon on Sunday,— Reid said, responding to a question from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about the weekend schedule. Reid said the Senate will move to an amendment by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) after considering measures by Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), which are currently on the floor. Democratic leaders have said the Senate is likely to work right up to the Christmas holiday to finish health care reform, and has left open the possibility that Senators will be called back to Washington, D.C., the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day if necessary.