FILE - This Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 picture shows the U.S. Capitol just after the House voted to pass debt legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington. Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's says it has downgraded the United States' credit rating for the first time in the history of the ratings. The credit rating agency says that it is cutting the country's top AAA rating by one notch to AA-plus. The credit agency said late Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 that it is making the move because the deficit reduction plan passed by Congress on Tuesday did not go far enough to stabilize the country's debt situation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
WASHINGTON -- Call it the historic Senate session that wasn't.
The Senate was supposed to officially meet outside the Capitol building for only the second time in almost two centuries on Tuesday but a last-minute move by the rival House scotched plans for a 30-second pro forma session.
Instead, plans to meet in an adjacent Senate office building -- to meet the constitutional requirement to meet at least every three days in cases when the House and Senate haven't mutually agreed to adjourn -- were scrapped at the last minute.
But it turned out that the House, which was unable to pass an official adjournment resolution because members didn't want to appear like they were abandoning Washington with so much work undone, did so just before the Senate was to meet.