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Harry Reid to fellow Senators: 'Sit down and shut up'

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As Senate heads towards its August recess, tempers are getting short.

As Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, began to speak on the Senate floor about an appropriations bill, it was clear that other senators were milling about and talking after a previous vote.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., stepped in, asking the presiding Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. "Madam president, have senators sit down and shut up, okay? It's unfair. Sen. Collins has something to say. It's just not polite."

It's been a tense few weeks for senators on both sides of the aisle. The the implementation of the filibuster-busting "nuclear option" was only narrowly avoided through bipartisan compromise. And on Wednesday, President Obama's pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms and Explosives, Todd Jones, advanced only after Democrats pressured Sen. Lisa Murkoswki, R-Alaska, to change her vote and then held the vote open for hours so Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp could fly back from North Dakota to cast the 60th and final vote.

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