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Senate majority leader Harry Reid hospitalized for exhaustion

WASHINGTON — Senate majority leader Harry Reid was hospitalized for most of Friday after feeling ill and underwent test results that proved normal, his spokesman said. Reid was treated for exhaustion at George Washington University Hospital and was released late in the day.

In Reid’s absence, Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, opened the chamber’s last session of the year by saying he had spoken with Reid and the Nevada Democrat was feeling better.

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The 74-year-old Reid suffered a mild stroke in 2005.

The Senate completed its final day in session with a deal to confirm three of President Obama’s nominees, leaving dozens more for consideration next year. They include Janet Yellen, Obama’s choice to chair the Federal Reserve.

The Senate also approved a defense policy bill late on Thursday night and had been scheduled to hold votes on nominees overnight and into the weekend.

The Senate also voted Friday to confirm John Koskinen, 74, a retired corporate and government turnaround specialist, to head the Internal Revenue Service, an agency recovering from scandal as it gears up to play a big role in implementing the president’s health care law.

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