And with the House in particular taking up a series of high-profile issues this week — including a minibus appropriations measure with a short-term continuing extension, gun rights legislation, a balanced budget amendment and several jobs measures — lawmakers’ attention is simply elsewhere.
“Members are debating these on a House floor level,” an aide said.
Jessica Brady and Meredith Shiner 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.