Thanksgiving break salvaged as Congress adjourns

In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) put forth plans to continue work on the Defense authorization bill and possibly the energy and water appropriations bill when Congress returns on Nov. 28.

Both of those spending bills are about half finished, but leaders have so far been unable to narrow a slew of amendments down to the few that will see votes.

Reid noted dolefully on Friday afternoon that the argument over amendments had intensified on the energy and water bill, but he said he still hoped to reach an agreement.

The Senate adjourned at about 3:54 p.m. but will briefly reconvene during the Thanksgiving break on 11 a.m. Nov. 22 and 10 a.m. Nov. 25 for pro forma sessions. The House also adjourned early Friday afternoon and will convene for a pro forma session on Tuesday.

Before adjourning, Reid said the Senate would vote on a judicial nominee on Nov. 28 at about 5:30 p.m. and that senators could expect further votes regarding S.1867, the Department of Defense Authorization Act.