Senate to work longer under GOP control next year

AP News
Posted: Nov 20, 2014 4:18 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is sending a stern signal to senators used to long weekends and frequent vacations: The Senate is going to work longer hours under GOP control next year.

The chamber hasn't held votes on a Friday all year, but it will do so next year. Vacations will be less frequent and the venerated August recess will only last four weeks instead of five.

That may be a shock to the system for senators used to racing to Reagan National Airport on Thursday afternoons for flights home. But McConnell is intent on seeing the Senate return to open debate and amendment, and that requires working longer.

The House can process legislation far more efficiently, and it will stick to a four-day work week next year.