In a reversal, it is House Republicans who have fled Washington to get home for Christmas, while the Senate remains in town Friday to continue working on its business.
Just a day before, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had said he would send his troops home that night and bring them back after Christmas, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor vowed to keep his folks here until a solution was found to the “fiscal cliff.”
But after Mr. Cantor and House Speaker John A. Boehner saw their Plan B approach to the cliff crumble in spectacular fashion late Thursday, they changed course and sent the House home for the holidays, with a warning they could be called back if any progress is made in striking a deal.
Meanwhile the Senate will be in session Friday to vote on a defense policy bill and continue working on an emergency spending bill for Hurricane Sandy.
The Senate has yet to take any roll call votes this week, as Mr. Reid has struggled to try to push through the Sandy spending.