**FILE** Rep. Heath Shuler, North Carolina Democrat (center), accompanied by Reps. Mike Ross, Arkansas Democrat (left), and Jim Matheson, Utah Democrat, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on Nov. 17. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Rep. Heath Shuler, North Carolina Democrat (center), accompanied by Reps. Mike Ross, Arkansas Democrat (left), and Jim Matheson, Utah Democrat, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on Nov. 17. (Associated Press)