With the continued impasse on forging a year-end budget deal, C-SPAN might want to look into acquiring the rights to “Auld Lang Syne” for coverage of a New Year’s Eve congressional session.

The House and Senate are already scheduled to return to Washington on Dec. 27, but lawmakers on Sunday expressed a wide-range of opinions on what their leaders should do next and resignation that their holiday will likely be truncated, if practically non-existent.

“We’re going to spend New Year’s Eve here, I believe,” retiring Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Cue metaphors about the Beltway ball drop.

“It’s more likely that we go over the cliff than not and if we allow that to happen it will be the most colossal, consequential act of congressional irresponsibility,” Lieberman said. “The ball now is clearly in the Senate’s court. [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid and [Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell certainly have the ability to put this back together again.”

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