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Harry Reid Threatens To Make Senate Work On Christmas Eve

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Tuesday is Christmas Eve.

Reid said he intended to bring up the budget bill on Tuesday and defense bill on Wednesday. After that, he said, a number of nominees would have to be confirmed before the Senate adjourns for recess -- including Janet Yellen to chair the Fed, Jeh Johnson to lead the Department of Homeland Security and Robert Wilkins to be a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Republicans appear to lack the votes to scuttle any of the bills or nominees, but individual senators can use procedural objections to slow them down and seek more debate time.

Without cooperation, Reid said, the Senate faces a "daunting" vote schedule this week.