The Senate Joins the House For One of the Longest Vacations Ever

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Following the departure of the House of Representatives yesterday evening, the Senate also left Washington last night for a 7-week recess.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's office released the following statement:

“The American people expect their elected officials to try to solve problems. At the very least, the American people demand their senators to at least show up to work on a regular basis. But Senate Republicans have done neither. Instead, they are setting dubious records for the fewest working days and the fewest judges confirmed. Republicans have denigrated this institution with their obstruction. I hope they will consider the consequences of their inaction over this seven-week vacation.”

We knew this would be an exceptionally long congressional recess, but I did not know it would be the longest recess in most of our lifetimes.

The Senate is not scheduled to vote on any piece of legislation until September 6th at the earliest. As you know, our Republican-controlled Congress has not passed a single appropriations bill and will have to find a way to fund the federal government beyond the end of the fiscal year on October 1st.

When Congress returns to session in September, we're going to be talking about the potential for another government shutdown.

The Senate is only scheduled to be in session for a total of 4 days between October 1st and the November election.

  • Karen Marie

    I haven’t heard any discussion about Obama making a recess appointment of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Would he avoid doing that to prevent Republicans getting riled, helping their voters to muster? My understanding is that if Obama did recess appoint Garland, he’d be on the SJC until at least the next session of Congress.

  • gescove

    Serious question. Can citizens sue Congresspersons or Senators for nonfeasance?

  • Georgie

    Government work, good if you can get it.

  • muselet

    The congressional Rs remind me of the old line: I love work. Why, I could sit and watch people do it all day!

    It’s too bad we can’t get their salaries prorated. We could save a bundle.


  • mdblanche

    Those esquivalient little wretches.

  • fry1laurie

    Republicans were pissed when Nancy Pelosi instigated a 40-hour work week (just like all those salt-of-the-earth, down home ‘Muricans the GOP likes to genuflect over). With them in charge, do they even work at all?

  • ninjaf