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Vote on Jobless Benefits Will Follow Swearing-In for Byrd’s Successor

The successor to the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) will be sworn in Tuesday afternoon, and the chamber will then hold a procedural vote on an unemployment insurance measure, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday.

The Nevada Democrat had been waiting to proceed with the bill until a new Senator had been installed. The swearing-in will be at 2:15 p.m., Reid said.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) will name his appointee to succeed Byrd at 2 p.m. Friday, his office announced in a statement Thursday. The appointee will be present for the announcement and will give remarks.

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