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.
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.