Instead, senators emerging from the meeting say the Republican and Democratic leadership will continue the discussions into the evening.
The Senate is scheduled to begin taking a series of votes in the morning on seven appointees whom Republicans have so far blocked.
Majority Leader Harry Reid is giving no indication he planned to change that.
The looming showdown threatens to unravel what little bipartisanship remains in the Senate.
Most of the controversy has surrounded three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and a head for the newly created Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.