“We have a lot we need to do, and not much time to finish it all. Much of what we’re able to accomplish in September depends on Republicans in the House.”
“Like their counterparts here in the Senate, House Republicans have shown they’re not interested in giving Americans a fair shot.”
”Instead, they’re busy turning the House floor into a stage for political theater. And it’s a double feature: House Republicans are suing President Obama. And while that lawsuit gets underway, House Republicans are plotting impeachment.”
Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the Senate schedule in the month of September and the need for House Republicans to stop their sue-and-impeach show and act to pass legislation that gives Americans a fair shot. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Before we finish our business and Senators return home, I want to let everyone know about our September work schedule. Following the August recess, the Senate will convene on September 8th, and our target date to adjourn will be September 23rd, the day before Rosh Hashanah begins. If we need to be here the week of September 29th, we will be. But September 23rd is our target date to adjourn until after the election. That leaves us with just a little more than two weeks to get a lot of things done. That’s not a lot of time.
In September, we need to pass appropriations legislation to keep the government from shutting down. We need to pass at least a temporary extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act. I’d like to try to get to legislation on the Export-Import Bank and the Defense authorization bill. I intend for the Senate to address the Udall Constitutional amendment on campaign finance reform. And I intend for the Senate to reconsider the issue of college affordability.
So, on the first week when we return, Senators should plan to be here for votes on Monday, September 8th. Depending on what we’re able to get done during the week, Senators should know that we may need to be here Friday, September 12th; Saturday, September 13th; and Sunday, September 14th. The second week is the same. Senators should be here for votes on Monday, September 15th. If necessary, we may need to work on Friday, September 19th; Saturday, September 20th; and Sunday, September 21st. Senators need to plan to be here on Monday, September 22nd, and Tuesday, September 23rd. We will adjourn on the evening of September 23rd for Rosh Hashanah. Every day between September 8th and September 23rd is fair game – even Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Senators should be on notice that they may need to be here.
We have a lot we need to do, and not much time to finish it all. Much of what we’re able to accomplish in September depends on Republicans in the House. Will they get to business and pass legislation that is good for American families and the economy? House Republicans have refused to consider the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill. They’ve refused to pass an extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed.
Like their counterparts here in the Senate, House Republicans have shown they’re not interested in giving Americans a fair shot. House Republicans have no interest in boosting the minimum wage. House Republicans have no interest in making sure American women get equal pay for equal work. House Republicans have no interest in helping Americans with student loan debt. House Republicans have no interest in keeping American jobs from being outsourced. And they’re certainly not interested in getting corporate bosses out of women’s personal health care decisions.
Instead, they’re busy turning the House floor into a stage for political theater. And it’s a double feature: House Republicans are suing President Obama. And while that lawsuit gets underway, House Republicans are plotting impeachment. That’s what this is about. For when the House in its lawsuit accuses the President of failing to abide by the Constitution, the House is accusing the President of an impeachable offense.
So what the Senate can accomplish in September depends greatly on whether the Republican-controlled House puts aside these political charades. If House Republicans are serious and focus their time on legislation that helps American families, then it should be a productive month. If House Republicans keep up this sue-and-impeach show, we’ll stay right here working until they finally get serious about giving the American people a fair shot.