The office of the House Majority Leader on Tuesday evening posted a six-page bill that would extend federal farm, agriculture and nutrition programs for one month, through the end of January.
The Senate voted 57-41 to confirm Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) as top housing regulator.
The House passed two bills on Tuesday to extend various authorities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in votes that were held despite the absence of several dozen members.
Reid has exempted some staff from enrolling in ObamaCare.
A bipartisan group of four senators wants to follow the House's lead by overriding guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency that would require fire hydrants to meet a new lead-free standard.
A bipartisan group of House members has proposed a resolution honoring the life of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon and former South African president who died last week.
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.
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) proposed legislation on Monday that would prevent the federal government from giving bonuses or raises to people who run state-level health insurance exchanges under ObamaCare.