Reid: Senate to have a “short and compact” schedule this fall

posted at 6:41 pm on September 10, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

They’re baaaaaaaack. Well, for a little while, anyways. Congress reconvened in D.C. on Monday after a month away, but it looks like we’re only in for a short, pre-election agenda before our elected officials return to their districts to continue with their own campaigns. I won’t hold my breath for any meaningful action on the sequestration defense cuts, the looming tax hikes coming after the New Year, or — oh, you know — our trillion-dollar federal deficit — before November. I think we’re in for just the bare minimum it will take to prevent the federal government from shutting down, whoop-de-doo:

Top lawmakers hoped to unveil a six-month spending bill later Monday that would finance the government’s day-to-day operations until next March to give the next Congress and whomever occupied the White House time to work out a final solution on more than $1 trillion in annual spending for the Pentagon and other Cabinet departments.

Typically such temporary funding bills, known in Washington parlance as continuing resolutions, or CRs, freeze spending at current levels. But the measure expected to be unveiled Monday actually allows for a less than 1 percent increase to every program to keep pace with a slight increase in spending permitted by “caps” set by last summer’s hard-fought budget and debt accord.

The 2012 budget year ends on Sept. 30. But not a single one of the 12 annual agency appropriations bills has become law, requiring lawmakers to step in with the stopgap funding measure to avoid a disastrous partial shutdown of the government.

The House is scheduled to work for just eight days this month, and the Senate around a dozen. Says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

Reid said the Senate will have a “short and compact” schedule this fall, but that it can conclude a lot of work in that time frame.

He spoke amid speculation that the Senate could finish its work next week to allow senators to return to their home districts to campaign for the rest of the fall.

Food stamps and the farm bill are also potential areas for making moves, but who knows how they’ll fare, what with all of that deplorable partisan gridlock going on. The GOP-controlled House is all set to pass the “No More Solyndras Act,” while the Democrat majority in the Senate will likely pass a Veterans Jobs Corps initiative from President Obama’s erstwhile Congressional “to-do” list, but neither will make it through the opposing chamber. Nope, the must-pass continuing resolution is likely to be among the only major legislation that’ll happen over the next couple of weeks before it’s back to the campaign grind. ‘Cause hey, who cares about that silly little “fiscal cliff” set to tear into our already-struggling economy anyways, right? Surely, that stuff can wait.


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…he meant to say for the last 3 Falls too!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

…Harry is such a hard worker…just like his subjects!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 6:45 PM

The House is scheduled to work for just eight days this month, and the Senate around a dozen

…I think they need a raise!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

…what are the penalties and charges…for tar and feathering?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Reid: Senate to have a “short and compact” schedule this fall

Was that before Mr. Reid decided to use the Senate floor to bash Paul Ryan today?

Harry Reid Uses Senate Floor To Mock Paul Ryan…

JPeterman on September 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

…can we give him a snuggy?…in front of cameras?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I can’t wait to see how far Boehner and McConnell plunge the knives in our back this time! Yippee!

SouthernGent on September 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM

“short and compact” schedule this fall…

… because we’ve got screwing the American people down to a science now.

rayra on September 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM

…can we give him a snuggy?…in front of cameras?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

He’s short and compact enough for it.

de rigueur on September 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Reid’s had something up his arse for a long time, but I don’t believe it is his skid-marked skivvies.

Sasha List on September 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Have we ever had a Senate that has ignored it’s Constitutional duty to finish the budget? Why can’t the Senate just be instantly vacated for failing to do it’s duty?

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Was that before Mr. Reid decided to use the Senate floor to bash Paul Ryan today?

Harry Reid Uses Senate Floor To Mock Paul Ryan…

JPeterman on September 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

What a vile little p!ssant!

Sasha List on September 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

The Senate should not get paid until a budget is passed. It would get done in record time.

Sasha List on September 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Given Reid isn’t going to let anything coming out of the House pass, why bother showing up at all?

BD57 on September 10, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I watched this sorry excuse for a Majority Leader not only lambast Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell but he also went after Mitt Romney again…leaving the work nugget as a slip in to his monologue.

CoffeeLover on September 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Why are these knuckleheads allowed to ignore the Constitution? No repercussions whatsoever.

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Was that before Mr. Reid decided to use the Senate floor to bash Paul Ryan today?

Harry Reid Uses Senate Floor To Mock Paul Ryan…

JPeterman on September 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM

What a vile little p!ssant!

Sasha List on September 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yeah, I’ll never understand why he turned down the part of Gollum in the LOTR movies. He’d have been perfect and wouldn’t have needed any makeup.

Oldnuke on September 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I wasn’t aware that the Senate schedule could get much shorter than “We’re not bringing anything to the floor or passing a budget, either!”

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

If it was not for the progressive 16th? amendment that gave the selection of the Senators to the voters, it would ALWAYS have a short and compact schedule.

astonerii on September 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Am I reading this right, that the spending will increase rather than stay stagnant because of the fight last summer to limit spending increases? Am I missing something?

Conservative in NOVA on September 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Given Reid isn’t going to let anything coming out of the House pass, why bother showing up at all?
BD57 on September 10, 2012 at 7:06 PM

See this is the problem with politics. All one has to do is say, given that Boehner isn’t going to let anything come out of the senate pass, why bother showing up at all? And you’ve got the democratic argument. Both equally valid but also equally fallible and hollow.

But here we are, pick your team, choose a side, or America is gonna die! Because of the other guy!

Boomer_Sooner on September 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

John Bonehead is just as bad as Harry Reid.

Reid tells John Bonehead how high to jump he jumps. Ta Da. New Debt limit no cut in spending.

Reid may have balls but John Bonehead has no idea what balls even are.

Steveangell on September 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Reid just doesn’t want to be around to have to explain The Punk’s last minute poison pill Executive Orders, or have the couple of semi-conservative Senators sitting around in D.C. to maybe get in the way..

LegendHasIt on September 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

They’re working hard on the lists to submit of their buddies in jail, that need Presidential Pardons when Obummer leaves office in January.

I know he’ll let out John Walker “Ratboy” Lindh, traitor, bred in Mill Valley, CA.

There was day long ago when they took care of traitors.

Aldrich Ames and Hanssen are particularly vile to me.

I believe they will even astonish us, on who is getting out of jail.

Typicalwhitewoman on September 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Disastrous?

The 2012 budget year ends on Sept. 30. But not a single one of the 12 annual agency appropriations bills has become law, requiring lawmakers to step in with the stopgap funding measure to avoid a disastrous partial shutdown of the government.

And what is more disastrous than the sequester? Romney was on tv at an event today pointing out that Obama signed a law that said he would say where the cuts are going to be made.

No appropriations without taking care of arranging less painful cuts to the sequester and writing a budget or Obama and Reid will NEVER write one.

Fleuries on September 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Grid lock is fine.

GarandFan on September 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

They’re working hard on the lists to submit of their buddies in jail, that need Presidential Pardons when Obummer leaves office in January.

I know he’ll let out John Walker “Ratboy” Lindh, traitor, bred in Mill Valley, CA.

There was day long ago when they took care of traitors.

Aldrich Ames and Hanssen are particularly vile to me.

I believe they will even astonish us, on who is getting out of jail.

Typicalwhitewoman on September 10, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I think there are still a couple members of Bill Ayers’ Weather gang in jail, they would be on the list if they are federal.

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2012 at 8:56 PM

“short and compact”

describes Reid to a T

redguy on September 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Yeah, I’ll never understand why he turned down the part of Gollum in the LOTR movies. He’d have been perfect and wouldn’t have needed any makeup.

Oldnuke on September 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM

What a horrible thing to say! Anyone that’s read the books knows that Gollum was once a feeling, thinking creature, deserving a little pity. Unlike the zombie from Nevada.

RoadRunner on September 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

8 days? This could be a GOOD thing.

james hooker on September 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM