Washington (CNN) - It's known as the "greatest deliberative body in the world," and with health care reform on the docket, the Senate's debate on the contentious bill could last through Congress' Christmas recess.
The goal, President Obama recently said, is for the Senate to pass legislation by Christmas - though opposition from Republicans could derail the hope.
While the House has wrapped up much of its business for the year and has already passed its form of the reform bill, senators have been working around the clock and on weekends.
With the push to get a reform bill passed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who controls the legislative body's calendar, could keep the Senate in session into at least part of the break, which is set when the Senate is done with its business.
One senator has already prepared for the possibility.