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.”