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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.