The Senate passed a bill Thursday night that reauthorizes federal support for autism programs.
The Senate voted to advance President Obama's nominee to the Eleventh Circuit Court.
The Senate voted 81-13 for a $10.9 billion bill to fund highway projects through May 2015.
The Senate easily adopted a $17 billion overhaul of the VA.
Senate Republicans blocked a $2.7 billion border spending bill Thursday in a 50-44 vote.
Cristina Marcos 07/31/14 06:46 PM EDT
The House will stay in Washington to try to pass a border bill.
Votes on border legislation, highway funding and reforming the VA are expected.
Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) had an “emotional” exchange on the Senate floor Thursday evening, as the Senate tried to finish business before leaving for the August recess.
Keith Laing 07/31/14 02:43 PM EDT
The 272-150 vote puts pressure on Senate Democrats to accept the House's version.
Conservative Republicans balked at supporting the $659 million bill.