But Bingaman said he did not expect any push to reach even a framework of a deal by the end of next week. I doubt well try to do that. There was no discussion of it.Conrad added that the bipartisan group had pledged to continue meeting by video conference if necessary over the August recess.We have a full schedule next week, a schedule during the August break and an absolute commitment to reaching an agreement, Conrad said.
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.