Sen. Alexander said the Ebola epidemic is just as serious as the threat from ISIS.
McConnell vowed that if Republicans control the Senate, reforming the NLRB would be a priority.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blasted Republicans for blocking legislation throughout the year.
The House will begin the process of considering a stopgap funding measure on Tuesday, while the Senate will clear several of President Obama's executive nominations.
The House on Monday passed a bill to authorize a program for law students to practice patent and trademark law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The Senate passed a bill Monday that extends a national advisory board on student financial assistance for one year.
The Senate voted to end debate on two nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Republicans say the Democrats are wasting time on political show votes.
The Hill staff 09/15/14 05:39 PM EDT
The Pentagon would be required to list every individual they are recruiting.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressed confidence the amendment will pass.