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Coburn Omnibus Punted Again

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor Monday that the Coburn Omnibus -- a package of relatively uncontroversial bills mostly being held up by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) won't be taken up this week, as had been previously planned.

Reid said that he'd been told that moving the bill this week would require a full reading of the bill, which could take more than 24 hours. "We're better off waiting until we come back," said Reid. "Senator [Bob] Bennett [R-Utah] and I believe we'll have more votes then and [it will be] easier to do at that time...We will do that by Rule 14, that package, and we'll move forward on it." 

Reid has been repeatedly stymied in his effort to move the package of bills. "I think that discretion is the better part of valor and we will alert everyone that we will do this when we get back," said Reid.


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