Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and two other House members proposed legislation this week that would require the government to pay back federal employees who were put on furlough because of the sequester.
After spending two days and 11 minutes in session, the Senate finally gaveled out Friday afternoon, to return Sunday.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Friday that the decision by Senate Democrats to stop the filibustering of executive branch nominations is already weakening congressional oversight of these nominees.
Senate majority leader spoke a day before the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting.
The Senate on Friday afternoon approved the nomination of Heather Higginbottom to be deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and set up another State Department nomination for next week.
Sen. Harry Reid also announced a deal with Republicans to avoid votes this weekend.
Coats said the troubles one of his constituents had with website would make good episode.
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) said Friday that by limiting the filibuster and preventing votes on amendments to legislation, Senate Democrats are essentially telling Republicans to "sit down and shut up."
The Senate has been working almost without interruption since Wednesday afternoon.
James's nomination was caught up in the battle over the filibuster.