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.
If the Senate ignores the snow today, it will press ahead with its "nuclear option" method of approving nominees.
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.
The House on Monday quickly debated and passed a bill that would make it easier for the federal government to prosecute people guilty of child abuse.
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.”