The Senate hasn’t worked a full week all year.

The upper chamber adjourned Thursday night, and lawmakers won’t return until Nov. 12, a week after the midterm elections.


Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein The Memo: Biden stays slow and steady in face of criticism MORE (D-Nev.) had threatened weekend work during the two-week September session, but those threats were empty. The Senate didn’t even work on either Friday.

“There will be no weekends off,” Reid said last month.

Lawmakers were able to complete work on a stopgap funding measure that will keep the government operating into December. On Thursday, the Senate passed the bill on a 78-22 vote.

There have been several Friday pro forma sessions, but no legislative business has been conducted on a Friday this year.

Both parties were motivated to leave town early to campaign for reelection.

Several vulnerable Democrats are up for reelection, and Republicans need only six seats to gain control of the chamber.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid MORE (R-Ky.) is also facing a tough reelection race. He was able to get his party to agree to fast-track legislation, so he could return to Kentucky to campaign.