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.
Dont ask me that question, Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said.
Kate Ackley and Jessica Brady contributed to this report.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.