Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) speaks Oct. 19, 2011, during a news conference urging the passage of the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) speaks Oct. 19, 2011, during a news conference urging the passage of the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)