Two days later, Senate finally gavels out

After spending two days and 11 minutes in session, the Senate finally gaveled out Friday afternoon, to return Sunday.

Before adjourning, the Senate passed a resolution honoring the life of Nelson Mandela, who died a week ago today. No text of the resolution was available.

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In addition to that and other resolutions, the Senate passed H.R. 3458, a bill ensuring that donations given to New York firefighters who were attacked in an ambush can receive those donations tax-free. The House passed the bill on Thursday, along with its own Mandela resolution.

The Senate had been in a continuous session since Wednesday afternoon, due to a Republican protest against the Democratic decision to change filibuster rules on executive branch nominees. Earlier today, the two parties agreed to take Saturday off, but the Senate will return at 1 p.m. Sunday to file motions to end debate on the budget deal and the National Defense Authorization Act.