The holdup also created more uncertainty as to how Congress will finish its work as the year comes to a close. Senate Democrats on Tuesday discussed bringing the House GOP's extenders bill up for a vote in short order to show it could not pass the Senate. Doing so would enable the principals to begin negotiations on "the real endgame," according to an aide.
Others still talked of moving on another temporary continuing resolution to avoid a shutdown in case Democrats stood their ground. House Republican leadership aides, though, indicated they were not yet working on such a backup plan.
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.