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By Meredith Shiner Posted at 5:53 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2013
Why make senators come to work in Washington on Friday or Monday with the government set to shut down in 11 days?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Thursday that the Senate would recess until Monday and hold no votes that would make senators’ attendance mandatory until Tuesday. Even then, they’re expected to vote on a judicial nominee and then return to a stalled energy efficiency bill.
It seems the Senate really is just waiting for the House to move on its version of a stopgap spending bill. The House is expected to vote Friday on its continuing resolution — which funds the government but not Obamacare. Then the House will break until Wednesday.
But the shutdown countdown will continue over Congress’ long weekend.
Niels Lesniewski has covered the Senate for CQ Roll Call since January 2010, and more recently as a staff writer and resident procedure guru for Roll Call. Niels holds degrees in both government and theater but sometimes can't tell the difference between the two. @nielslesniewski