The House on Thursday evening quickly approved a resolution honoring the life of Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.
The Senate passed a bill Thursday that would give commercial space launchers more time to get licenses from the Department of Transportation and obtain insurance assistance.
The bill extends the current liability scheme for commercial space launch companies, which many see as a needed step to keep these companies competitive.
Members voted 350-69 for the legislation in the chamber's final roll-call vote of 2013.
“If you're for reducing the budget deficit, then you should be voting for this bill,” Boehner said.
The Senate voted 57-41 Thursday to confirm Patricia Wald to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
The Senate is halfway through a list of 10 executive branch and judicial nominees that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on earlier this week.
The House Budget chief cited Dem control of the White House and Senate in pushing his plan.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) questioned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) priorities Thursday after the leader waited until the end of the year to bring up the defense authorization bill.
“One has to wonder about the priorities of the party and the majority leader,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “Isn’t that a commentary that my friends on the other side and the majority leader on how they feel about our service members?”
Passage is meant to ensure there is no disruption of farm programs.
Lawmakers cited a report that the White House has spent nearly $400,000 in last two years.
When the House finishes voting Thursday night, it's done for the year.