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Bad Senate! Recess Canceled!

Washington veterans were probably shocked yesterday when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he was cancelling the chamber’s traditional Columbus Day Recess in order to make time for action on health care reform.
Pretty much everywhere other than in DC, Columbus Day is a minor holiday mainly beloved of Italian-Americans. But in Washington, it’s generally the occasion for a weeklong congressional recess, and often, in even years, the official excuse for the pre-election break.
To be clear, the Senate will take off two of the five days in the week of October 12, so Columbus’ legacy will not be completely profaned.

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