The Senate voted to confirm two federal judges on Thursday.
McConnell has been pressing for a vote, believing it could embarrass Obama if some Democrats vote against it.
“We have to take very difficult votes in this chamber, but this is not one of them,” Sen. Baucus said.
The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m., and after leader remarks will hear from retiring senators giving their farewell remarks to the Senate.
Shortly after noon, the Senate will hold up to three votes. One of these is on H.R. 6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. Senators debated this bill for much of Wednesday; it would give Russia permanent normal trade relations status, a needed step if the U.S. is going to benefit from the concessions Russia made when joining the World Trade Organization.
The Senate passed a bill Wednesday night updating U.S. standards on foreign adoption services.
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) called on the Senate Wednesday to take up its version of the Russia trade bill rather than the House version.
The Senate is considering the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, H.R. 6156, which is necessary for U.S. businesses to benefit from lower tariffs since Russia joined the World Trade Organization this summer.
The Senate voted to confirm a federal judge to the District of Connecticut on Wednesday.
Michael P. Shea was confirmed to serve as U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut on a 72-23 vote.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said the United States cannot afford to ignore the worsening situation in Mali.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said the GOP attempts to protect the wealthy from tax increases “would be comical if they weren’t so detrimental.”
Murray spoke against the plan Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) introduced earlier this week, which would reduce the deficit by $2.2 trillion and raise $800 billion in new revenue, but not through raising the tax rates Democrats want.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) tried to pass the STEM Jobs Act on Wednesday, but Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) objected.
The House passed the STEM Jobs Act last month, which would designate 55,000 green card visas for immigrants in U.S colleges studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).