In a rare Friday session, the Senate will do nothing.
Votes on two nominees were scheduled to take place, but Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Energy: Dems block energy spending bill for second day Senate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika Senate Dems block spending bill over Iran amendment — again MORE (D-Nev.) is expected to postpone those votes until after a two-week recess because members of his own party left town.
Reid tried to hold the votes Thursday, but Republicans refused to yield back their debate time. Reid said Democrats would stay and finish work on the nominations without Republicans because only a simply majority was needed, but Democrats abandoned him as well.
Last year, Senate Democrats unilaterally voted to change the Senate rules allowing a simple majority to advance most nominations instead of the previously required 60-votes. Republicans have complained this rule change greatly undermined minority party rights in the Senate.
Reid frequently threatens Friday and weekend work, but it rarely happens — some things never change.
When Republicans refused to allow the votes Thursday, Reid insisted it was important that the Senate approve the nominees this week so it can focus on legislation to increase the federal minimum wage when it returns more than two weeks later.
The House completed its work Thursday before leaving for the two-week break. Both chambers passed an adjournment agreement, S.Con.Res. 35, meaning neither will have to hold pro forma sessions. Both plan to return Monday, April 28.