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Senate Acts; House Heads Back

Reid spokesman Jim Manley acknowledged that House Members may be miffed by the Senate’s abrupt reversal on the issue after the chamber had already scattered for the recess. But he said the win came as a surprise even to Reid.

“Sorry, but we woke up this morning not knowing whether we were going to have the votes to pass this or not,” Manley said. He added that House Members are fully aware that there has been “an unprecedented level of Republican obstruction going on over here. ... We would have liked to have done this bill before now, but we just haven’t been able to.”

Jessica Brady contributed to this report.

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