Scott Brown's duties as a United States Senator, may force the cancellation of tonight's debate. MassLive.com is reporting.
The first of four televised debates between Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren could be in jeopardy if Brown is unable to catch a flight from Washington back to Boston in time to make the live event at CBS affiliate WBZ-TV's studios at 7 p.m. this evening.
The Senate held a 2 p.m. vote on a six-month continuing resolution to fund the government. The Senate voted 67 to 31 to proceed with debate, and debate on the bill was still continuing at 3 p.m. Brown was in the Senate for that vote.
With the uncertainty of the Senate schedule, neither CBS nor Brown's Senate office could say whether Brown would return in time for the debate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office could not say what time the Senate session would end.
Congress has not been able to draft a budget for fiscal year 2013, and current appropriations are set to run out at the end of September. According to The Hill, the $1 trillion measure would fund the government through March.