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**FILE** Democratic Sens. Jack Reed (center) of Rhode Island, Charles Schumer (left) of New York and Jeff Merkley of Oregon meet with reporters on Capitol Hill on Jan. 7, 2014, after legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle. (Associated Press)
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**FILE** Democratic Sens. Jack Reed (center) of Rhode Island, Charles Schumer (left) of New York and Jeff Merkley of Oregon meet with reporters on Capitol Hill on Jan. 7, 2014, after legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle. (Associated Press)

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