Harkin said the Senate has voted three times to validate that only a simple majority is needed if changes are made on the first legislative day. However, he acknowledged that the chamber has never actually followed through with the option because bipartisan agreements have always been reached.
Reid is holding open the Senate’s first legislative day for the entirety of the two-week recess in order to preserve his options. Harkin indicated the first legislative day could last well into the week of Jan. 24.
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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