Sen. Harry Reid: No Weekends Off After Break

Image: Sen. Harry Reid: No Weekends Off After Break Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 01:53 PM

By Andrea Billups

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No more slipping out of town on Thursday afternoons. Feeling the mounting criticism of a do-nothing Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has instituted a new policy after their August recess: working on weekends, The Hill reported.

"Following the August recess, we're going to be here for two weeks and two days," Reid said. "That's not a lot of time for the workload we have to do. There will be no weekends off."

The lawmakers have a full calendar to work through before heading home on Sept. 23 to their districts to campaign for 2014 midterm elections, a goal of Reid's as he instituted a seven day work-week. The politicians are making their last-minute fund-raising pushes this month as they seek to head into tough races with plenty of cash on hand, ABC News reported.

Among important legislation senators must consider are spending bills as well as reauthorizations of the Import-Export Bank, the National Defense Authorization Act and the Internet Tax Freedom Act, the Hill noted. Reid said he also hopes to double back on legislation on the student loans, minimum wage, and contraception access.

Reid has felt continued pressure not only from Republicans but from senators within his own party for the lack of votes taken this year, especially on amendments, Politico noted of the inaction. Such risks, however, could impact candidates in tight election bids where tough votes could be used against them by opponents.

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