Reid said he wants to complete work on at least three things before adjourning for Christmas for a few days.

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The Senate started 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 has unrelated and unnecessary spending measures, during a time when lawmakers are trying to make spending cuts. The Senate is expected to continue work on amendments to this package Thursday.

Reid said no matter what, he’d file cloture on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act reauthorization bill by the end of Thursday, even if he and the Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell: Trump's speech should be 'tweet free' Protesters crash McConnell's speech The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ky.) don’t reach an agreement.

He also said he wants to vote on the conference package for the Defense authorization bill after the House passes it Thursday.

President Obama and Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' Former House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 MORE (R-Ohio) have been working on a deficit reduction deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, when the Bush-era tax rates expire and sequestration takes effect next year. The House is voting on BoehnerJohn BoehnerBoehner: ObamaCare repeal and replace 'not going to happen' Former House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 MORE's "Plan B" today, which Democrats have said is unacceptable.