“It's one of the worst ideas I have ever heard,” Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (N.D.) said. “To just kick the can down the road and wipe their hands of any responsibility is the height of irresponsibility. … I must say when I heard this plan it took my breath away.”
Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.
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.