Reid to Senate Republicans: Stop whining about working up to Christmas

About time. The Republicans want to filibuster everything, then make them stay there until Christmas eve.


From the Senate floor moments ago ——-

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES WE’RE GOING

TO PROCEED TO THE START TREATY. I’M TOLD THE REPUBLICANS ARE

GOING TO MAKE US READ THE ENTIRE TREATY IN AN EFFORT TO STALL

US FROM PASSING IT. ISN’T THAT WONDERFUL?

THAT PIECE OF — THAT TREATY HAS BEEN HERE SINCE APRIL OR MAY

OF THIS YEAR. PLENTY OF TIME TO READ IT. THESE ARE ADDITIONAL

DAYS OF WASTED TIME WE COULD BE USING TO PASS LEGISLATION TO

GET HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. YET SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES

HAVE THE NERVE TO WHINE ABOUT HAVING TO STAY AND ACTUALLY DO

THE WORK OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE MAKE LARGE SALARIES, MADAM

PRESIDENT. WE COULD WORK AS MOST AMERICANS DO DURING THE

HOLIDAYS. PERHAPS SENATORS KYL AND DeMINT HAVE BEEN IN

WASHINGTON TOO LONG BECAUSE IN MY STATE, NEVADANS EMPLOYED IN

CASINOS AND HOTELS AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF NEVADA AND ON

RANCHES, BASICALLY EVERY PLACE HAVE TO WORK HARD ON HOLIDAYS,

INCLUDING CHRISTMAS, TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. THE MINES DON’T

SHUT DOWN IN NEVADA ON CHRISTMAS. PEOPLE WORK. THEY GET PAID

DOUBLE TIME A LOT OF TIMES WHEN THEY HAVE GOOD CONTRACTS, BUT

THEY WORK ON CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS. MOST PEOPLE DON’T GET TWO

WEEKS OFF ON ANY TIME, LET ALONE CHRISTMAS WEEK. AND THESE

PEOPLE WHO ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A JOB IN THESE TRYING TIMES

NEED TO WORK EXTRA HOURS TO MAKE ENDS MEET. SO IT’S OFFENSIVE

TO ME AND MILLIONS OF WORKING AMERICANS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY FOR

ANY SENATOR TO SUGGEST THAT WORKING THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS

HOLIDAYS IS SOMEHOW SACRILEGIOUS. THEY DECIDE TO WORK WITH US, WE CAN ALL HAVE A

HAPPY HOLIDAY. IF THEY DON’T, WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE UNTIL WE

FINISH THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS. MADAM PRESIDENT, I MOVE TO

PROCEED TO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO CALENDAR NUMBER 7, THE START

TREATY. I ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.


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