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The Politics of Vacation Time

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Iraqi lawmakers are reconsidering a two-month summer break. The issue has one Illinois lawmaker fuming. Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee reports. ***

The Iraqi parliament has a lot on its plate, including violent sectarian unrest.

Senator Dick Durbin says it wouldn’t be fair for the parliament to abandon its work now.

Durbin: Tell you what, it makes me angry to think that our soldiers would be standing guard over this divided country while the Iraqi parliament is vacationing. If you consider that last month we lost over a hundred of our best and bravest soldiers, to think that two more months of death would await the return of the Iraqi parliament is absolutely unacceptable. There’s no vacation from this civil war.

Durbin’s sentiment is shared by both parties.

Iraqi legislators say they’re considering shortening or even canceling their summer holiday.

They insist it has nothing to do with pressure from Washington .

The US Congress’ own recess is still on schedule for August.

I’m Shawn Allee.

Chicago Public Radio.

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