Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidKavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow Dems can’t ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame Dem senator: Confidential documents would 'strongly bolster' argument against Kavanaugh's nomination MORE (D-Nev.) started the procedural process Sunday so that the Senate can debate and pass the budget and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) before leaving from the Christmas holiday.

Reid filed cloture on the budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySenate Dem: Republicans have 'predetermined' outcome of Kavanaugh hearing Sunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Overnight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal MORE (D-Wash.) and her House counterpart, Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage How does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act MORE (R-Wis.), which would end $63 billion of sequester spending cuts, and add in new fees and some federal savings to cut the budget deficit by $23 billion more in 2014.

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It easily passed the House in a 332-94 vote last week, but Reid will need at least five Republicans to join Democrats in ending debate on the measure. Most Senate Republicans have criticized the plan for not reducing the deficit solely through spending cuts.

Similarly, the House passed a last-ditch NDAA bill 350-69, which bodes well for Senate passage. The bill is a new version of the NDAA that was developed over the last two weeks, after it became clear that fighting in the Senate over amendments would stall passage until sometime in 2014. Congress has passed an NDAA bill for 51 years.

Reid said Friday that the Senate would consider the budget deal Tuesday and the NDAA Wednesday, just days before the chamber is expected to adjourn for the year.

The Senate is expected to finish up work on the confirmation of some executive nominees Monday evening.