It’s another lovely spring evening as the HHS omnibus budget conference committee goes into recess for the fourth time today, which also happens to be Mother’s Day.

Contrary to popular belief, being an observer to a conference committee is a lot of hurry up and wait.  The real action tends to take place behind the scenes — what we see in public is usually a continuation of those private negotiations.  And those negotiations can take quite some time.

There have been three public offers made between the House and Senate, none of which have gotten the conferees much closer to an agreement.

More later.