Sen. Charles Schumer (left), New York Democrat, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Aug. 3, 2011, to discuss the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Charles Schumer (left), New York Democrat, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Aug. 3, 2011, to discuss the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. (Associated Press)