Reid Prepares for Sunday Session

Posted December 15, 2010 at 9:16am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday announced the Senate would remain in session through Sunday and that he hopes to wrap up the chamber’s work by the middle of next week.

With Republicans slow-walking the U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and the omnibus spending bill — and expected to try to filibuster proposed immigration and public lands bills as well as a repeal of the ban on openly gay individuals serving in the military — the Nevada Democrat said he would be forced to keep lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to finish work before Christmas.

“It’s clear, I have spoken on many occasions with the Republican leader, we’re going to be in session this Sunday. There is work to do. We hope that we can complete what we have to do here a day or two after Saturday,” which would clear the decks for immigration and the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal, Reid said in a floor statement.

Additionally, Reid said he hoped to clear a deputy attorney general nomination that has been stalled for months.

Republicans, however, are not making his job easy. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has said he will force a full reading of START Wednesday, which will add 10 hours to the debate. Additionally, he has said that when Reid brings the omnibus bill to the floor he will also force a full reading, which could take 60 to 70 hours.