The Senate brought the unceremonious first session of the 113th Congress to a close Friday, with the two sides battling over procedural rules for confirming President Obama’s nominees.

In a series of largely party-line votes, the Senate approved the confirmations of a deputy to the Department of Homeland Security, a lower-level federal judge and a commissioner to the Internal Revenue Service, while setting up a final vote early next month for the confirmation of Janet Yellen to become chairman of the Federal Reserve.