The US Senate adjourned for the year at 4:02am Saturday morning after Democrats failed to reach agreement on their top legislative priorities: the Build Back Better Bill and voting rights legislation.
But,at 1:30am, with one of the last few votes of the year, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was confirmed ambassador to Japan
The Senate is now scheduled to return to Washington on Jan. 3.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had promised for weeks that the Senate would pass Biden's Build Back Better legislation by Christmas. But Schumer acknowledged on Friday that the Senate had failed to meet that timeline.
While Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are largely responsible for killing the Democrat's priority legislation, Majority Leader Schumer was called out for never even forcing them to take a vote before adjourning for the year:
The leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, US Rep. Pramila Jayapal, had called on the Senate to stay in session:
"We fight inflation by passing Build Back Better and cutting costs this cant wait," Jayapal tweeted."The House did our work, and now its time for the Senate to do theirs. They must stay in session."
Reaction from other progressive leaders was harsh: