Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Senate passes Puerto Rico debt relief bill MORE (D-Nev.) on Monday threatened to keep the Senate in session through Christmas Eve in order to confirm a number of President Obama's nominations.
Reid said the Senate would consider a bipartisan budget deal Tuesday and the defense authorization bill on Wednesday.
Reid frequently threatens to keep the Senate in session on weekends and holidays to spur it to do work, and then fails to follow through on his threats.
As recently as last week, Reid warned he would keep the Senate in session this past weekend. The Senate ended up finishing its work week on Friday.
Tensions over nominations are high in the wake of the move by Reid and Senate Democrats to change the upper chamber's rules to prevent the minority from filibustering administrative and judicial nominees.
Senate Republicans insisted the Senate stay in session constantly, as a protest against the rule change. They kept the Senate in session for more than two days straight.
“Last week was difficult for the entire Senate community,” Reid said. “When cooperation is lacking, as it was last week, completing the business before this body becomes much more difficult.”
Reid said that if Republicans “cooperate” the Senate could still complete all of its work by Thursday, but said he was willing to keep the Senate in session until Christmas Eve if necessary.