The Senate is due to vote on the confirmation of Robert McDonald at 2:45 p.m.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) blocked Senate Democrats on Monday from passing a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change.
The Senate could vote Wednesday on the legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blocked Republicans from offering amendments to a bill that would end tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas.
The Senate voted 50-43 to confirm Pamela Harris to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit on Monday.
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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said the House-passed highway funding bill fails to provide the kind of certainty states need to invest in long-term infrastructure projects.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said money for the Coast Guard should be included in an emergency funding bill to deal with the crisis at the border.
“If we could have a greater percentage of those drugs interdicted then we would seriously start to diminish some of this migration to the north,” Nelson said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called on Congress to immediately pass legislation to provide Israel emergency funding for its Iron Dome missile defense system.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report shows that thousands of Department of Defense (DOD) employees and contractors owe the government more than $700 million in taxes.