Republicans blocked Gillibrand's attempt to bring up her legislation.
Sen. Mark Udall bashed Obama and the CIA after release of interrogation report.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) blasted unrelated land use measures.
The Senate passed a two-year Coast Guard Authorization Act on Wednesday.
The senators said “it would be a disaster” not to pass the House Defense bill.
The Senate passed the Intelligence authorization bill the same day a report came out on the CIA’s use of torture.
McCain joked about he and Levin's "slightly different leadership styles."
He filed cloture on motion to concur with House-passed bill authorizing Pentagon spending.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said the CIA’s use of torture was a “failure both moral and practical.”
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said time and money were wasted investigating the program “while the world around us burns.”