Senate Democrats spent their policy lunch going over a budget proposal from Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.). But that proposal appears to be nothing more than an academic exercise, with no plans to bring it up for a vote, either in committee or on the floor.
Instead, their canceled recess appears likely to generate a grand total of two votes — a glorified attendance vote Tuesday after a plan to move to a Libya resolution collapsed — and a cloture vote to move to a nonbinding Sense of the Senate resolution calling for millionaires to help cut the deficit — without any specifics.
Senators who canceled their trips home and abroad without much to show for it seemed peeved, to say the least.
“Don’t ask me that question,” Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said.
Kate Ackley and Jessica Brady contributed to this report.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.