Harry Reid hospitalized

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in July  2013.  (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D- Nev.) was hospitalized early Friday after not feeling well, according to his office.

"Early this morning, Senator Reid was not feeling well and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital. Tests have been conducted and everything is normal.  He is alert, resting and feeling better," according to a statement issued by his office.

“Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today," the statement said.

Reid's hospitalization comes on the final scheduled day of the Senate for 2013 and after two weeks of late nights and early mornings amid a dispute over a recent change in Senate procedural rules regarding the confirmation of most executive branch and judicial nominees.

Reid celebrated his 74th birthday this month. His most recent health scare came in October 2012 when he suffered minor injuries when his motorcade was involved in a collision in Las Vegas.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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