Congress Will Likely Stay in Session Through Christmas

Jillian Bandes

12/15/2010 9:10:00 AM - Jillian Bandes
This should come as a let-down for all of those who believe that the fewer number of hours Congress is in session, the less damage it does to America. Roll Call:
By late Tuesday night, the only thing that seemed certain was that Congress will, for the second year in a row, be in session the week of Christmas.
The tax cut bill is on the verge of passage, but several Republican members are threatening to filibuster — see Greg and Guy's post below — the giant omnibus spending bill. Then there's the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the repeal of DADT, immigration reform and other bills that promise to clog up the Senate schedule.

If filibuster goes forward on the omnibus — the biggest thing that's gumming up the schedule — the Senate could simply send the bill back to the House in its original version, which would virtually ensure passage.