"It's obvious to me what's going on," Reid said. "I've been to a few of these rodeos. It is obvious there is big stall taking place. One of the senators who had a debate tonight doesn't want to debate. Well he can't use the Senate as an excuse. There will be no more votes today."
Brown earlier Thursday said he would postpone his debate if the Senate could not wrap up its pre-election business in the next few hours. Brown said he was eager to return to Boston to debate and was urging Reid to cut a deal to allow him to catch a 4:30pm flight.
Brown is locked in a tight, expensive and closely-watched race against Warren.
Brown said whether the debate occurs is up to Reid. The first term senator said he will not attend the debate if it conflicts with a Senate vote. Constituents "sent me here to vote," Brown said. "It's the only thing I can't delegate to my staff."
Brown had said that if he could not make the debate, he would try to reschedule it to Monday.
If the Senate returns Friday, they will have to work around another debate. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has a 11:45 a.m. (EST) debate against Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo, in Columbia, Missouri. Democratic aides said that chamber is unlikely to schedule a vote until at least Friday afternoon when McCaskill can return to Washington.