**FILE** Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, talks on his cell phone Sept. 27, 2011, outside a closed-door meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, talks on his cell phone Sept. 27, 2011, outside a closed-door meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)