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Reid To Start August Recess After Debt Vote

From a teary eyed Politico:

Reid laments pomegranates, figs blooming without him

August 01, 2011

It’s not just Harry Reid’s liberal constituents that may emerge as losers in this summer’s debt talks. The Democratic Senate majority leader said his Nevada home and garden have gotten no attention from him in “months.”

“I have a home in Nevada that I haven’t seen in months,” Reid said Monday on the Senate floor, bemoaning the working weekends Congress has spent on the debt-ceiling issue. “My pomegranate trees are, I’m told, blossoming and have some pomegranates on them. I have some fig trees and roses and things that I just haven’t seen.”

Er, Mr. Reid sent the Senate home last weekend. He had assumed that there was already a deal. If he didn’t choose to go home himself, who is to blame?

By the way, to borrow an analogy from Mr. Obama, if Mr. Reid and the rest of the Democrats wouldn’t put off their homework until the last minute, they wouldn’t have to pull ‘all nighters.’

With a House vote on the debt deal expected Monday, Reid urged senators to be ready to go “either tonight or tomorrow” and to use Monday afternoon to “get their remarks on the record.” Lawmakers have been engaged in a consuming debt-ceiling debate for weeks ahead of an Aug. 2 deadline. A deal between the White House and congressional leaders finally emerged Sunday evening.

Once the deal is done, Reid said, he and other senators should hit the road for recess.

And never mind that their usual August recess isn’t scheduled to start until August 8th. But apparently they have worked so hard and done so much good for the country, they deserve an extra week of vacation.

After all, they haven’t had a nice long vacation since their Fourth Of July vacation.

“It’s been a pretty hard work period we’ve had, the last two weekends and working late, and I think the Senate deserves to be able to go home as soon as we can,” said Reid, who is 71. “If there were ever a time when we need to work with our constituents, it’s now.”

Which is a bit ironic, since the Democrats moved heaven and earth to keep the Republicans from hearing from their constituents during the August recess before the debt deal was done.

Reid added that he has “constituents that I’m anxious to see, friends I need to visit with, relatives I need to visit with, so as soon as we can complete our work, I’d like to move as quickly as I can to the summer recess period.”

Besides, with the current heat wave, the tourists must be really stinking up the joint.

The Senate has had a state work period tentatively scheduled for Aug. 8 to Sept. 5.

Note that in typical government fashion, they call this four week vacation "a state work period."

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Reid To Start August Recess After Debt Vote”

  1. jambon says:

    Poor Harry can’t see his pomegranates and figs.

    I can’t even afford to water my front lawn.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    If his home is so neglected, quit DC and get the hell out!

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Marco Rubio’s concluding thoughts right before the recess: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/273501/generational-choice-americans-role-government-and-future-our-amazing-republic-kathryn-# (via Hotair)

    Whew! These epic speeches are starting to become so natural it seems like he’s just going up there to share his rational thoughts on the matter, but he ends up shaping the whole debate back to its essence.

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