A spokeswoman said the senator "walked away" from the forced landing.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte said she is "disappointed" Lynch has refused to formally recuse herself.
Reid says it is "outrageous" lawmakers would leave without a deal.
"I think it didn't matter," Sen. Charles Schumer said. "I don't think she's lying."
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said "basketball has lost a legend."
McConnell tried to tee up a substitute amendment to a House bill to defund Planned Parenthood.
The Senate will take three votes on the bill.
"Read our lips. ... We are not relenting," Sen. Debbie Stabenow said.
Sen. Mark Kirk said the administration must show it can prevent "terrorist infiltration."
More than two dozen senators wrote to the upper chamber's leadership.