"I’m insisting that we do it in mandatory spending because it is the greatest driver of our debt," Black said during the recess, trying to push her colleagues to agree to future savings, and get the budget resolution moving through the Budget Committee.
Black has embraced a plan that would trim one penny per dollar from mandatory spending - "One penny is all I'm asking for" - but even that has run into road blocks.
Democrats were more than happy to knock the GOP for the inaction on the budget.
"More than six months into the Congress, House Republicans are still flailing on their basic responsibility to pass a budget," said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who used to be on the receiving end of such barbs when Democrats were in charge in Congress, and did not act on the budget resolution.
With no committee action this week, that leaves only two weeks in the rest of July for possible work on the budget resolution by the House Budget Committee; Congress is scheduled - as of now - to leave for an extended summer break on July 28.