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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.