And now what?
Not one single event is currently scheduled for Friday on Capitol Hill to address the approaching “fiscal cliff.”
Most members of Congress left town Thursday night, with no plans to return until the Senate reconvenes Monday afternoon and the House comes back on Monday evening. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were seen leaving the Capitol Thursday around 6:30 p.m. Even House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) – who last week vowed to stay in Washington to work on a deal with President Obama – plans to travel this weekend to his home state of Ohio after a frank exchange at the White House Thursday night that lasted about 50 minutes.
As of this early Friday hour, there is no real sense of what comes next. All of this could change in the coming hours, with word of new talks, new proposals and renewed hope for a deal before Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
But for now, nothing.