Senate and House Hold Moments of Silence for Boston

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WASHINGTON — With moments of silence in both houses of Congress, lawmakers are marking the deadly explosions that occurred at the site of the Boston Marathon.

Majority Leader Harry Reid led the Senate in a brief pause, and officials said Speaker John Boehner intended to do the same when the House convened later Monday.

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In brief remarks on the Senate floor, Reid expressed sympathy for victims of the explosions, and praised the first responders who rushed to their aid.

Massachusetts Sen. Mo Cowan said he and other members of the Senate are expecting briefings from officials in Boston.

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