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Whoops: Harry Reid an accidental no on reconciliation bill

Talk about your Freudian slips.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got "caught up in the moment again" and accidentally voted against the reconciliation "fixes" bill before the Senate on Thursday, his spokesman Jim Manley confirmed. The senator from Nevada quickly realized his error, bent his head toward his hands, looked around, waved his hands in apology and clarified that yes, he really mean to vote aye.

"He did it again!" exclaimed a female voice caught on the C-SPAN tape.

It was the second time Reid has accidentally voted against the health-care bill, whose passage has been his major legislative preoccupation all year.

On Christmas Eve, Reid also slipped up during the crucial Democratic supermajority-vote and weighed in with a no that he quickly switched to an aye, also to the amusement of his colleagues.

"To be honest, I'd like to say I was trying to be funny or create some bipartisanship," Reid told the New York Times at the time. "But I was just in dreamland, thinking about where we had come. Some said 'oh bipartisanship or trying to be funny.' It was neither quite frankly. It was just, I am bushed."

The reconciliation fixes bill passed the Senate on Thursday by a 56-43 vote and returns to the House for a final vote on two small changes.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  March 25, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
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thomasmc1957. Why defame people who have opposing concerns about the healthcare process by referring to them as tea baggers. That's as appropriate as calling all Acorn members Prostitution champions. You diminish any message you send with that sort of name calling. That said, I oppose the healthcare bill, but certainly give Harry Reid a pass on pushing the wrong button. We have all made similar mistakes.

Posted by: chipgiii | March 26, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Non compos mentis.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | March 26, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

With Tea baggers getting ready to give him a hard time in his backyard, pressured working on this for a whole year -- the Senator gets a pass from me. Yet I must ask, had the mind-- taken over on this?

Most important, he caught the NO vote at the right time. Woops, could been Wow-- he voted against his own party. For Real!
Now he, among others, must get busy informing voters on exactly how they will benefit. At this stage.. a day at time mattters. But enough to educate the public prior to the November elections.

Posted by: Victoria5 | March 25, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

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