"Construction projects all over America are held up at our airports,” said Reid, blaming Republicans for the impasse. “It's so very, very unreasonable.”

Reid also filed for cloture on the Patent Reform legislation, H.R. 1249, titled The America Invents Act, and confirmed a number of minor executive nominees via unanimous consent including new ambassadors to Mexico, Vietnam and Guatemala. 

The Senate will engage in about 10 pro forma sessions during the break lasting about 30 seconds each, and is set to return Sept. 6.