The often gridlocked Senate on Thursday showed how easily it can pass legislation when it really wants to; it passed $600 million in funding for border security — and it only took the presence of two senators in the chamber to do it.
Because the Senate agreed to take up the legislation under its unanimous-consent rules, only two senators needed to be present during the unusual recess session.
It was a rare moment of bipartisan agreement for the Senate this year. Amid all the partisan rancor, senators on either side of the ideological spectrum could agree on their desire to flee Washington to campaign, to raise money or to vacation.
The two solons who drew the short straw were Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) who drafted the legislation and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) who doesn't need to travel far to be back in his home state.
The legislation, already passed in the House and which now goes to President Barack Obama for signing, would pay for 1,000 more border agents as well as aerial drones to patrol the U.S.-Mexican border area.