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Kirk back in Senate after surgery; votes no on budget deal

In this Nov. 1, 2010 photo, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., looks to a crowd of supporters during a campaign rally in Wheaton, Ill. A spokesperson for Sen. Mark Kirk says the Illinois Republican has suffered a stroke and has undergone surgery early Monday, Jan. 23 2012 to relieve swelling around his brain. The 51-year-old Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois. He was later transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where tests showed that he had suffered a stroke. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Sen. Mark Kirk 

Sen. Mark Kirk was back in the Senate on Tuesday following gallbladder surgery. According to the Chicago Sun-Times

Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill. was back on the Senate floor on Tuesday, following an absence for gallbladder surgery; he was one of 33 Senate Republicans to vote no on advancing the compromise budget deal towards a final vote.

The budget test vote passed the Senate on a 67-33 roll call, with 12 Republicans joining all 55 Senate Democrats to vote yes. All 33 no votes were Republicans.

The final Senate vote is expected later today.

[Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times.]

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