(CNN) - The U.S. Senate suddenly feels a sense of urgency... to go home for the holidays.
"I urge my colleagues to stay on the floor so we can hold to these 10-minute deadlines. People have planes to catch," Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, said on the floor Friday as lawmakers began a series of last minutes votes to approve nominations.
Senators are voting Friday on the nominations of Alejandro Mayorkas to be the deputy secretary of Homeland Security; John Koskinen to be commissioner of the IRS; and Brian Davis to be a federal district judge for Florida.
Durbin isn't the first Senator to push for expediency in the chamber the week before holiday recess.
"There is nothing stronger than the smell of jet fumes on a Friday and that intoxicating effect is never stronger than during the holidays," said Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, earlier this week.