** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2010, file photo, House Speaker-designate John Boehner, Ohio Republican, talks with media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two early showdowns on spending and debt will signal whether the 112th Congress can find common ground despite its partisan divisions, or whether it's destined for gridlock and brinkmanship that could threaten the nation's economic health. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2010, file photo, House Speaker-designate John Boehner, Ohio Republican, talks with media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two early showdowns on spending and debt will signal whether the 112th Congress can find common ground despite its partisan divisions, or whether it's destined for gridlock and brinkmanship that could threaten the nation's economic health. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)