Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he expects the Senate to pass a jobless-benefits funding bill this week after Monday's agreement on a voice vote to take up the legislation, from which he barred amendments.  "Hopefully, the Republicans in the House will have the soft hearts and strong minds to allow this to pass over there," the Nevada Democrat said afterward. (Associated Press photographs)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he expects the Senate to pass a jobless-benefits funding bill this week after Monday's agreement on a voice vote to take up the legislation, from which he barred amendments. "Hopefully, the Republicans in the House will have the soft hearts and strong minds to allow this to pass over there," the Nevada Democrat said afterward. (Associated Press photographs)