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.) on Monday suggested the Senate won't be in Washington too long this fall. 

Reid said the Senate will have a "short and compact" schedule this fall, but that it can conclude a lot of work in that time frame. 

He spoke amid speculation that the Senate could finish its work next week to allow senators to return to their home districts to campaign for the rest of the fall. 

The House is scheduled to be in session this week and next week. But it is also is expected to vote Thursday on a measure to keep the government funded for the next six months. That continuing resolution is the only must-pass legislation left on the agenda, and once the House and Senate complete it there would be little pressure to stay at work. 

Reid has not announced the timing of a vote on the continuing resolution or a recess date for the Senate this fall.