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Harry Reid: July 4 was a blast, but now it's time for Congress to act

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid didn’t ask his grandson where all the fireworks came from, but he sure had fun on July 4.

Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, spoke on the Senate floor Monday about seeing his family over the July 4 recess — a week when lawmakers get a chance to connect with their constituents and take a mental break from political wrangling in Washington.

“My grandson set off the fireworks,” he said. “I’m not going to ask where he got them, but there were a lot of fireworks, a lot of fun, and it was a real celebration.”

Festivities aside, the senator was building up to something. He said the Senate’s passage of immigration reform is playing well back home and the House needs to follow suit.

He argued that Speaker John A. Boehner’s use of the “Hastert Rule” — a custom named for former Speaker Dennis Hastert, in which a bill is not brought up for a vote unless a majority of the majority party supports it — is wreaking havoc with progress in the Republican-controlled House.

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