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Senate's Summer Recess In Peril: Capitol Hill Gridlock May Require Curtailing August Break

First Posted: 07/06/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:25 PM ET

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Every August Senators take a break from their legislative duties for a month-long summer recess. But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Thursday the length of this year's recess may be cut short.

Durbin echoed a cautionary message from Senate Majority Leader Reid that Senate gridlock may end up forcing lawmakers to work into their annual August vacation on the Wall Street reform bill.

"The fact we are in the second week of this bill, three amendments into it, is an indication of problems to come, including jeopardizing the August recess," Durbin said, according to the Hill. "Sen. Reid announced that this week at the caucus [meeting]."

Meanwhile, Republican Senators continue to use secret holds to suspend confirmation hearings of Obama nominees, leaving 96 candidates still stuck in limbo.

And as lawmakers slog through everything already on the docket, President Obama called Wednesday for the Senate to take steps to deal with the contentious issue of immigration reform.

But senators may not have to sacrifice the entire August recess -- a crucial period for incumbents up for re-election this year (including Reid).

"I said 'one week' in August," Sen. Reid clarified Tuesday when asked how long Senators might be expected to remain in Washington.

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