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Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and other Republicans walk to a closed-door GOP meeting before the Senate moves to pass a modest, bipartisan budget bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The bill is designed to keep Congress from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and ease the harshest effects of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and other Republicans walk to a closed-door GOP meeting before the Senate moves to pass a modest, bipartisan budget bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. The bill is designed to keep Congress from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and ease the harshest effects of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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