A House Democrat joked that if the Senate does not complete their work soon, members might not get what they want for Christmas this year.

On her way back to Washington on Monday night, second-term Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.) tweeted that she hopes to have a short workweek:

On a DC flight now along w/ many grumpy House members. If Senate doesn't hurry up, Santa may put coal in their stockings.

House Democrats during the lame-duck session have continued to complain about what they say is the glacial pace of the Senate in passing legislation.

The Senate recently passed President Obama's tax-cut compromise and a repeal of the military's "Don't, ask, don't tell" law after being in session for about a month following the elections.

But the House is waiting for the Senate to authorize a bill providing healthcare funds for 9/11 first responders and a continuing resolution that would fund the government until March 2011. The upper chamber is also considering the stalled START Treaty with Russia, though the House is not required to act on that.

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) echoed Giffords on Tuesday morning, tweeting

Back to DC on 6 am flight. Hard to leave that pretty snow for another week of waiting for the Senate, let's hope it moves a little faster!