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Harry Reid returns to work, but won't attend Obama's big speech

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Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday returned to work in his Washington, D.C., office, but was not expected to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Reid's staff tweeted out a picture of Reid that said simply, "Back at work."

Reid was injured in an exercise accident on New Year's Day, and broke some ribs and some of the bones in his face, around his right eye. Earlier this month, Reid said there's a potential for him to go blind in that eye.

The picture tweeted by Reid's office showed he still has a large bandage over that eye.

Reid has been working from his Washington, D.C., home since his accident, and has not appeared on the Senate floor yet. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has handled Reid's duties, which have mostly been speeches only in the few days the Senate has been working this year.

The Senate has been slowly working on a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and could take a few votes on amendments to that bill as early as Tuesday. Reid prevented most amendments on most bills when he was the Senate leader, but Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised to allow amendments on legislation while the GOP is in charge.

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