We’re hearing that outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), despite threats to keep the Senate in session next week, is working to wrap things up this week with a small number of priority confirmation votes.

The D’s are looking to hammer out a deal with Republicans, we’re told, that would include up to nine of the remaining nominees for district court judgeships and a handful of executive branch nominees, headed by deputy White House national security adviser Tony Blinken to be deputy secretary of State.

Others mentioned in the mix are the controversial nominee for surgeon general, Vivek Hallegere Murthy and even a perennial Loop favorite, Long Island hotel executive George Tsunis. Grilled at his Senate hearing by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.),  Tsunis botched a response on anti-immigrant sentiment in Norway and also referred to Norway’s “president,” when the nation doesn’t have a president.

With four Democrats already announced against him, Tsunis truly would have to thread the needle.

Meanwhile, the Senate continued grinding out confirmations Monday evening. The Senate, via party-line votes, confirmed Jeffrey Baran to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Lauren McFerran to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board. The Senate also confirmed, by voice vote, Ellen Williams to be director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy at the Department of Energy.