Reid has exempted some staff from enrolling in ObamaCare.
Mel Watt moved through the first steps under the Senate's new confirmation rules.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tried to challenge a Senate rule change that allows the majority to end debate on a nominee with a simple majority.
Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted with Republicans against the rule of the chair on Tuesday.
Patricia Millett is Obama's first nominee to clear the Senate since rules changed.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tried Monday to confirm all executive and judicial nominations on the executive calendar — more than 70 of President Obama’s nominees.
Reid asked for unanimous consent to confirm them all, but Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) objected because he was still upset that the majority used the “nuclear option” to change the Senate filibuster rules.
Reid then filed cloture on just 10 of the nominees.
Senate Democrats called for an increase in the federal minimum wage Monday.
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said the issue has become “way too partisan.”
“We should have a bipartisan consensus that we regularly raise the minimum wage,” Durbin said.
Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Monday that both chambers need to ensure a defense bill can be signed into law for a 52nd straight year.
The Senate was working on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes more than $600 billion in defense spending for the Pentagon, before leaving for a two-week Thanksgiving break.
“We have not missed in 52 years,” Levin said. “We cannot fail this year and the only practical way to avoid failure is to follow the course that Sen. Inhofe and I have proposed to this body.”
With senators grounded by the storm, the House's simple extension was approved Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) postponed a confirmation vote on Patricia Millett to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court.
The Senate will now vote on her nomination — the first since Reid used the “nuclear option” to change the Senate filibuster rules — Tuesday morning after leader remarks.
Winter weather has caused flight delays for several senators.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned senators that they might have to work long hours and weekends during the next two weeks.
“I know I often say it, but we may really have to work the next couple weekends,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday.