The sportsmen's measure is a collection of bills on issues ranging from hunting and fishing to migratory bird conservation. The scheduling maneuver could be a political win for Sen. Jon Tester, a vulnerable Democratic incumbent facing off against Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) in Montana.
"I'm gratified that we're on track to attempt to move this measure when we get back," Reid said, in reference to the sportsmen's measure.
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.