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Biden to preside over Senate during immigration bill vote

Vice President Biden, photographed in August 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

Vice President Biden will preside Thursday afternoon when senators cast votes on final passage of the bipartisan immigration bill.

Aides said the vice president would be at the U.S. Capitol for the vote, which Senate Democrats have scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Biden, who as vice president serves as president of the Senate, often visits the Capitol, most recently to swear in newly appointed Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R-N.J.). But he presides over Senate deliberations rarely and usually only during votes on legislation considered a priority for the White House.

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