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It wasn't exactly a Scrooge moment, but Vice President Joe Biden has little patience with Senate Republicans who cite the holidays as a reason to put off finishing work on such matters as the START treaty, a huge priority for the Obama administration.

"Don't tell me about Christmas," an irritated Biden said in remarks reported by the NBC Nightly News, the New York Times and Politico. "I understand Christmas. I have been a senator for a long time. I have been there [the Senate] many years where we go right up to Christmas."

Indeed, while most Americans are engaged in holiday activities, Congress often goes deep into December, trying to finish work begun months before. Former President Clinton's impeachment in the House of Representatives crowded the holidays in 1998.

This week in Washington, Majority Leader Harry Reid irked some Republicans when he warned that the Senate might return during the time between Christmas and New Year's Day to complete action on START and other matters. One senator, Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), told Reid that such scheduling impinged on "the most sacred holiday for Christians." Reid, in turn, said DeMint and other Republicans were being "sanctimonious."

All in the spirit of the season on Capitol Hill. Ratifying the START arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia is worth the extra time spent legislating, Biden said Wednesday in New York. "There's 10 days between now and Christmas. I hope I don't get in the way of your Christmas shopping, but this is about the nation's business," he scolded the Senate. "This is national security at stake. Act, act."

Watch Biden, courtesy NBC News.


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crblionheart

Who is he ?????

December 18 2010 at 7:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Char

Why do our representatives think they are too good to work the holidays? The only people who really have the holidays off don't have a job and trust me it's no holiday.

Many people work on Christmas and are glad to have a job. Those with a M-F type job have the luck of having Christmas off this year because it falls on a Saturday. They still have to work Christmas eve and the entire week before and after the 25th.

If you work in emergency services that are open 24/7, like hospitals, police departments, road repair crews, linemen, etc, you might end up working double shifts during the holidays, due to increase in work this time of year.

Why do our representatives think they are too good to work the holidays? They should consider themselves highly paid emergency workers and get on with their jobs.

December 17 2010 at 2:00 AM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
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bluuufin

Well said.

December 17 2010 at 2:08 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
skaarcat

Why should they get more days off for the holiday than the rest of us??? Some of us even have to work Christmas day! What whiners.

December 16 2010 at 9:53 PM Report abuse +19 rate up rate down Reply
relay391

why didn't he do this before the election---let me guess---would have lost more democrats?

December 16 2010 at 4:43 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
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tausands

Perhaps if the Republicans had not filibustered everything for the last two years...this would have been done before the election.

December 16 2010 at 11:59 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
tinytrump

Not like they have to shop or fix the tree, they have other folks who do this for them... xmas is friday,,, leave early thur and return Monday,,, happy Holiday

December 16 2010 at 3:49 PM Report abuse +24 rate up rate down Reply
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Harvey

THAT IS WHY THEY GET THE BIG BUCKS!! TO TAKE CARE OF THE COUNTRY'S BUSINESS. IF NECESSARY THEY DON'T NEED TO TAKE OFF FOR CHRISTMAS. THE COUNTRY COMES FIRST.

December 16 2010 at 8:28 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply

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