Some comments could be heard about the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as well as issues the Senate will likely be dealing with over the coming week. These include gun legislation the Senate will take up this week, and President Obama's 2014 budget plan, which will be released Wednesday.

When the Senate returns Tuesday, it will hold a noon vote on Patty Shwartz to be a U.S. Circuit Court judge for the Third Circuit.

The House is out Monday, returning Tuesday for votes on suspension bills.