Action on a reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the annual intelligence authorization also remains possible. However, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has held up both measures (S 3454, S 3276) on civil liberties grounds. There are also unfinished House-Senate agreements on matters ranging from farm policy to a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act that could take several days of floor time each in the event deals are reached.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.