Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) noted Thursday morning that a cloture motion on the pending highway bill will ripen Friday morning and that the Senate must vote on the payroll tax cut conference report, as well as on an Obama judicial nominee, before leaving for a 10-day break.

"We are doing our utmost to work through the matters that we still have to do here in the Senate,” said Reid, speaking from the floor.