The Senate recessed Wednesday in the middle of work on an emergency relief package for Hurricane Sandy victims in order to attend a special screening of “Lincoln.”

The Senate is expected to return to work later Wednesday night after the movie screening, which was arranged by Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) and held in the Congressional Auditorium in the Capitol Visitors Center. 

Before the event, Reid met with director Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, the actor who portrays President Lincoln in the film. The two men made a special trip to Capitol Hill for the screening.

Reid called the occasion an "opportunity for bipartisanship."

The upper chamber began consideration this week of H.R. 1 as a vehicle to provide $60.4 billion to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, but some conservatives have said the bill contains unnecessary, wasteful spending at a time when lawmakers are trying to reduce the deficit.

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Senators were offering amendments to the bill when the motion to recess was approved.

Reid has said he wants to finish work on the bill this week, before breaking for Christmas. He has threatened working through the weekend to get the relief package done.

Senators are also awaiting a deficit-reduction package from President Obama and Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” which takes place at the beginning of next year when the Bush-era tax rates expire and sequestration takes effect.

— Emily Goodin contributed.