Reid was defending the schedule against a speech delivered by  Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain downplays threat of preemptive strike against North Korea McCain plan gains momentum amid North Korea threats Sunday shows preview: Trump plans next steps MORE (R-Ariz.) in which he asked if the week, which included just two minor votes, had been a "worthwhile expenditure of the taxpayers' dollar."

Reid also blamed Republicans for clogging up the Senate's legislative process and making it difficult for him to schedule votes. 

"One reason we aren't having  a lot of votes in recent months is because we cannot get things to the floor," said Reid. "We are stopped by my Republican friends."