(CNN) - Democratic lawmakers scrambled Wednesday to wrap up an already truncated work session.
In the Capitol hallways, many of them made it clear they are anxious to get home with enough time to convince uneasy voters to keep them in office and their party in power.
"I'll really be glad to get home," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada who is in a tough re-election fight against Tea Party-backed Republican Sharron Angle. "I've spent a lot of time here working through the procedural morass that the Senate has become."
"I'm always more comfortable being at home," said Minnesota Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, who is in a close race for a third term. "Especially now making the case for why they should give me another shot at it and I think when I'm not there it's easier to say things that I can't defend."
Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, another vulnerable Democratic sophomore, said he's confident he'll be re-elected but acknowledged that he looks "forward to getting back to talking to people and spending the next five weeks traveling around the district."
House and Senate Democrats insisted they would stay in Washington longer if they could pass anything. They blamed Senate Republicans for blocking most of their legislative wish list.
"We could not pass motherhood and apple pie right now because they would say it's some kind of anti-business government takeover", complained Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, who is not up for re-election. "The fact that we don't have to deal with the obstructionism for the next 30 days and we can get home and talk to real people, the middle class with real problems, is a relief."
"I think candidates were of the view if all we're going to do here is constantly face obstruction by the Republicans...let's go home," said Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who is in charge of the Democrats re-election effort. "If we're going to succeed at a few things then by all means lets do it."
"We've got 400 bills we've passed that the Senate's never touched," complained Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-New York.
Rep. Steve Driehaus, D- Ohio, is in one of the tightest races in the country.
"I think we are all wanting to get home and fight on the record," he said. "So I think keeping us here doesn't allow us to do that. I always would rather be home than here."
But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Democrats' troubles are of their own making.
"The public didn't like the stimulus. The public didn't like the health care bill. The public wasn't sure what the Wall Street bill was about and the public is deeply concerned that we are spending too much, borrowing too much and engaging in too many Washington takeovers. So, I think the one thing we can clearly say about our friends on the other side of the aisle, they have a unified desire to leave town."
–CNN's Ted Barrett, Dana Bash, Deirdre Walsh, Evan Glass and Matt Hoye contributed to this report