No, the above title is not a reference to how many vacation days I've taken this year. Twenty-three days is how long the Senate plans to be in legislative session this year.
According to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Senate will try and complete its "must-pass" bills by September 27, giving Senators the rest of the time to campaign and raise money before the November elections.
As Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid noted:
This new adjournment date means the Senate has only 8 more weeks in which it will be session.
Eight weeks is 40 business days.
Subtract Labor Day, and there are only 39 days.
Subtract Mondays and Fridays--which aren't real work days in this Republican Congress--and there are just 23 legislative days left in the 109th Congress.
Not exactly much time to tend to the people's business. I forgot to mention they're gone the entire month of August.
Right now, we'll be lucky if they name a few post offices.