The Washington Times - August 1, 2011, 02:30PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held out the ultimate carrot to colleagues Monday: approve the debt deal and you get to go home for a month-long vacation.

Those vacations have been in short supply recently. Mr. Reid canceled a July 4 recess, and even held the Senate in session on weekends over the last month to try to force a debt-limit deal to get done.


So on Monday, he said the debt-limit vote will likely be the last one the Senate has before taking August off.

“I think the Senate deserves to be able to go home as soon as we can,” he said. “If ever there were a time when we need to work with our constituents, it’s now.”

As for himself, he said it’s been months since he was home.

“My pomegranate trees are, I’m told, blossoming and have some pomegranates on them. I have some fig trees and roses and things that I just haven’t see. So I have constituents that I’m anxious to see, friends I need to visit with, relatives I need to visit with,” he said.