As Mark Warner considers the Senate work left undone as the holiday season dawns, he’s weighing a couple of potentially ugly scenarios.

“Having only other senators to kiss on New Year’s Eve?” the Virginia Democrat deadpanned about the chamber’s upcoming December pile-up. “The only thing that might be worse would be opening each other’s stockings on Christmas Eve.”

The Senate is only scheduled to be in three weeks for the rest of 2021, with a recess set to start Dec. 10. There’s almost no chance that schedule holds at this point, with the Democratic majority facing a to-do list more daunting than a Black Friday sales rush. Congress has to fund the government past Dec. 3, pass a massive defense policy bill, finish out a $1.75 trillion party-line social spending bill and potentially maneuver around a U.S. credit default.

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