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Senate's leader Harry Reid in hospital for observation

By Laurie Kellman, Associated Press

Published: Fri, Dec. 20 10:18 a.m. MST

 From left, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., talk to reporters about the final work of the Senate as their legislative year nears to a close, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Reid promises a vote no later than Jan. 7 on a measure to extend jobless benefits for three months. He said the number of jobless people out of work for more than six months is far greater than in past economic recoveries.

From left, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., talk to reporters about the final work of the Senate as their legislative year nears to a close, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Reid promises a vote no later than Jan. 7 on a measure to extend jobless benefits for three months. He said the number of jobless people out of work for more than six months is far greater than in past economic recoveries.

(J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was hospitalized early Friday after feeling unwell and undergoing tests that revealed nothing wrong, his spokesman said.

"Everything is normal," Adam Jentleson, Reid's press secretary, said in a statement. "He is alert, resting and feeling better,"

In Reid's absence, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., opened the chamber's last session of the year by saying he spoke with Reid and the Nevada Democrat is feeling good.

Reid could be released from George Washington University Hospital on Friday, according to a Senate official who was not authorized to discuss the topic and insisted on anonymity.

The 74-year-old Reid suffered a mild stroke in 2005.

The Senate is winding through its final day in session with a deal to confirm three of President Barack Obama's nominees, leaving dozens more for consideration next year. They include Janet Yellen, Obama's choice to chair the Federal Reserve.

The Senate approved a defense policy bill late on Thursday night and had been scheduled to hold votes on nominees overnight and into the weekend.

But under a deal between Republicans and Democrats, votes to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as the no. 2 at the Department of Homeland Security, John Andrew Koskinen, to head the Internal Revenue Service, and Brian J. Davis as U.S. District judge for Florida were scheduled for Friday and Yellen's confirmation vote delayed until Jan. 6.

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1. Colorado Reader
Littleton, CO,
Dec. 20, 2013

I wish him well, but at least he knows his gold plan insurance will cover ALL of his expenses! UGH!

2. Sabrecat
South Jordan, UT,
Dec. 20, 2013

I couldn't disagree with the mans politics more, however I wish him a speedy recovery.

3. Steve W.
Fort Worth, TX,
Dec. 20, 2013

Harry Reid has shown a compassion and inclusiveness for society's marginalized members that most other Mormons in politics have not shown. I wish this man of courage and vision a speedy recovery. We sorely need him.

4. ca2000
West Wendover, NV,
Dec. 20, 2013

I hope he has better insurance than I do...

5. toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT,
Dec. 20, 2013

He has shown a propensity for long-term debt passed on for generations to come that other LDS politicians have not shown, too. Big government just isn't the answer.

That said, get well Senator.