Still sen­a­tors

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

What do Sens. Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton of New York, Barack Obama of Illi­nois, Joseph R. Bi­den Jr. of Delaware and Christo­pher J. Dodd of Con­necti­cut have in com­mon?

Be­sides the fact that they all want to be­come the next Demo­cratic pres­i­dent, each sen­a­tor is about to re­ceive a phone call, if they haven’t al­ready, from Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid of Ne­vada say­ing they had bet­ter plan to aban­don their al­most non­stop cam­paign­ing of late and re­turn to Wash­ing­ton to ful­fill their Se­nate obli­ga­tions.

“I hope we can work ev­ery­thing out. I don’t think we can,” Mr. Reid com­mented. “So I say, with all sin­cer­ity, I am go­ing to call our pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates and let them know they bet­ter look at their sched­ules, be­cause th­ese are not votes you can miss: de­fense ap­pro­pri­a­tions; the first ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill, La­bor/HHS, with ben­e­fits for vet­er­ans tied into it, which we need to do be­fore Vet­er­ans Day; the CR [con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tion], which funds our gov­ern­ment; and what­ever we de­cide to do with the bridge funds or the sup­ple­men­tal ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill.”

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