The Senate passed a bill to impose sanctions on Russian officials involved in the invasion of Ukraine.
Sens. Saxby Chambliss, Dianne Feinstein, Tom Coburn and James Inhofe were missing.
74 senators voted against Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) point of order.
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Senate Democrats advanced 24 more of President Obama’s nominations.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) objected to the Senate considering 12 judicial nominations in the lame duck.
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The Senate approved a four-day funding extension by voice vote on Saturday.
"There is enough evidence of criminal conduct there," the senator said.
Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee's moves to thwart votes reinvigorated risk of another shutdown.
Some lawmakers openly wept as they delivered farewell addresses.
In a rare weekend session, the upper chamber started work at noon on Saturday.