It was clear from House Speaker John Boehner's weekly address on Saturday that the fiscal cliff negotiations with President Barack Obama weren't going anywhere soon.
Both men left Washington on Friday, leaving the looming spending cuts and tax increases for after Christmas.
They left the capital with an exchange of pointed words that appeared to show there had been no significant breakthrough in the final hours before vacation.
"Unfortunately, the president and Senate Democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer a responsible solution of their own," Boehner said in his recorded weekly address Saturday morning.
Obama told reporters shortly before taking off for Hawaii: "The challenge that we've got right now is that the American people are a lot more sensible and a lot more thoughtful and much more willing to compromise, and give, and sacrifice, and act responsibly than their elected representatives are. And that's a problem."
Boehner used his address to put the burden for a breakthrough on Obama and Democrats, who he said were not making the tough choices he had put forward.
"The House has done its part to avert this entire fiscal cliff," he said. "On the 10th of May and again on Thursday, we passed legislation that would replace the 'sequester' with responsible spending cuts. We also passed a bill to stop all of the January 1 tax hikes."
But the measure that narrowly passed the House by six votes late Thursday wasn't Boehner's Plan B -- which would have prevented the tax increases at year's end for some income levels -- but a measure to avert spending cuts for military programs that are part of the fiscal cliff bundle.
Boehner called off the vote on Plan B, saying in a statement, "it did not have sufficient support from our members to pass."
The speaker has said Obama's plans include far more in tax increases than spending cuts, and on Saturday he said Obama "refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with entitlement reform and the big issues facing our nation."