Reid spokesman Jim Manley acknowledged that House Members may be miffed by the Senates 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 havent been able to.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.