House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, speaks Aug. 1, 2012, during a breakfast held by the Christian Science Monitor at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. (Michael Bonfigli/Special to the Christian Science Monitor)

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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, California Republican, speaks Aug. 1, 2012, during a breakfast held by the Christian Science Monitor at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. (Michael Bonfigli/Special to the Christian Science Monitor)