From left: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican; former astronaut Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat; and astronauts John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin stand under a statue of Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 16, 2011, during the invocation of a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the Capitol building in Washington. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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From left: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican; former astronaut Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat; and astronauts John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin stand under a statue of Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 16, 2011, during the invocation of a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the Capitol building in Washington. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)