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Reid Backs Off 1 a.m. Vote on Vets Bill

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September 14, 2012

Senate Democrats remain hopeful that they can pass legislation aimed at helping veterans find jobs, despite GOP obstacles including multiple filibusters from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Paul refused to allow a cloture vote on the bill on Wednesday evening, forcing Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to delay a vote for 30 hours because of Senate rules. Reid responded by scheduling the vote for Friday morning at 1 a.m., when the 30-hour wait would expire.

But Reid backed off when the Senate reached agreement late Thursday night to take up the bill when they return from the long weekend on Wednesday. Paul's filibuster was part of his plan to hold up all legislative action until he gets a vote on his legislation to stop all foreign aid to Pakistan.

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