With Senate in Session This Weekend, Reid Says It’s ‘Untoward’ for the House to Take the ‘Weekend Off’

Jul 21, 2011 11:03am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller (@sunlenmiller) reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., today blasted the House of Representatives for taking the “weekend off” when there is still work to be done to find a deal to raise the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline for action.

“I think it is just untoward — and that's the kindest word I can say — for the House of Representatives to be out this weekend,” Reid said on the Senate floor this morning, “I think this is a very bad picture for our country to have the House of Representatives out for this weekend.”  

Last night the House Majority Whip told members that the House won't be in session this weekend. Last votes for the week are expected by 3 p.m. Friday with members of the House returning on Monday.

This week Reid announced that the Senate would stay in session everyday —including weekends — until Congress sent legislation to the president’s desk. On Saturday the senators will be in and casting votes on the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, which Reid said today, “doesn't have one chance in a million of passing the Senate.”

Reid said that with such little time left it is especially important for the House to be in session this weekend, considering that any revenue bills must originate in the House.

“We are running out of time. Procedurally things can't move very quickly through the Senate,” Reid said,  “I fear the closer we get to disaster, the further we get from making the arrangement to stop a default.”  

Reid said it is time for House Republicans to show they are serious.

The Senate will spend the next few days debating the Cut, Cap and Balance Act which passed in the House and will likely not pass in the Senate, when the upper chamber votes on Saturday.

Taking to the floor this morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the debate and vote will give every Senator an “opportunity to go on the record either in support of balancing our books or against it.”

“This is an opportunity for everyone to take a stand,” he said, quipping “Americans have seen what government does with new tax revenue. They waste it on things like turtle tunnels.”

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