When Republicans boycotted a Senate Finance Committee markup on three pending trade agreements, they also missed the fun.
Chairman Max Baucus (Mont.) and fiancee Melodee Hanes were scheduled to get married Saturday at the Sieben Ranch in Montana, and his colleagues used the scuttled markup as an opportunity to congratulate him.
“Mr. Chairman, congratulations. It’s too bad you’re going to have to cancel your honeymoon,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said, referring to the Senate canceling its July Fourth recess this week.
“We’ll make it up,” Baucus said.
“Did you ever think that you were going to have us on your honeymoon with you?” Nelson quipped.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.