Monday, December 21, 2009

Working on Christmas Eve

I have absolutely no problem with the Senate being in session Christmas Eve. Especially for this bill.
In health care, doctors and nurses are always working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There's always patients who need their help. You can't hang a side saying the hospital is closed until Dec. 26 at 9 a.m. Or send all the patients home for the holiday so the staff can enjoy a three-day weekend.
I remember Christmas Eve 2000. My wife, then eight-months pregnant, went to work her shift at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and again Christmas Day. I stayed home with the oldest - then three -wrapped presents and watched George Welsh's final game as Virginia coach.
My wife decided to work that Christmas so the following year it would be her turn to be off. Then she could really enjoy that baby's first Christmas.
No whining from Senators about working Christmas Eve. Democrats can't blame Republicans for the scheduling. Republicans would gladly be home for the holidays, but know the country might not be there for their return if they left.

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