Congratulations, Senate! You've done your job

After 13 hours of debate on a slew of amendments, the U.S. Senate passed a budget for the first time in four years in a pre-dawn vote on Saturday, March 23, 2013. CSPAN

(CBS News) Did you hear the news? The Senate finally passed a budget.

And aren't you proud of them? Took them 13 hours of debating and voting on various amendments, and it was almost five o'clock Saturday morning before they finally passed it.

Of course it's just a blueprint, has no force of law, and no more chance of passage than the budget passed by the House. But it is the first time that the Senate has been able to even pass a budget blueprint in four years, so I guess congratulations are in order -- maybe a brief golf clap.

I won't go so far, though, as to say we should give the Senators comp time off for working after-hours.

I already checked and they should be well-rested even after a long night. The Library of Congress reports that so far this year both House members and Senators have been off more days than they've worked.

They've already started their spring break, and will be back after Easter. That would be a full week AFTER Easter.

Good work if you can get it.

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