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Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, claims Congress' draft authorization for use of force against the Islamic State needs to be expanded so that all options are on the table to rout the terrorist group. (Associated Press)

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"This is actually the earliest in the history of Congress we have ever started appropriations," said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican.

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"Our work today and in the coming weeks will show hardworking taxpayers that Congress is committed to a government that's more effective and more accountable," said Sen. Mike Enzi, Wyoming Republican. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, following a GOP strategy meeting. In a direct challenge to the White House, a Senate committee pushed toward a vote on a bill that would give Congress a chance to weigh in on any final nuclear agreement that can be reached with Iran. The top Republican leaders in the House and Senate insisted on Tuesday that lawmakers have a say. Boehner said "Congress should absolutely have the opportunity to review this deal," telling reporters. "The administration appears to want a deal at any cost." (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Barack Obama greets Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas prior to his address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and President Obama have not given up the fight for stricter gun control laws, but many Democrats in Congress are wishing the president would relent, having concluded that the issue is an electoral loser for them. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, said the "doc fix" would cost taxpayers a net $141 billion over the next decade, and would bring Congress disrepute. (Associated Press)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped short of explicitly calling on Congress to stop the deal in its tracks, but he did make clear that, in his opinion, the agreement in its current form endangers Israel and guarantees that Iran will remain a destructive force in the Middle East. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on Hillary Clinton's testimony before Congress by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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An initiative to strip commanders of their convening authority introduced by Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York Democrat, failed to pass Congress last year. (AP Photo)

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AP10ThingsToSee - As the sun rises, Chinese paramilitary policemen watch over Tiananmen Square from a rooftop across from the Great Hall of the People ahead of the closing ceremony of the annual National People's Congress in the hall in Beijing on Sunday, March 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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White House press secretary Josh Earnest points to a reporter during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2015, where he answered questions including about Israel and Congress. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton has announced his endorsement of Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana in his gubernatorial quest, of Rep. Ron DeSantis from Florida and of Paul Chabot, candidate for Congress in California. (Associated Press)

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National Edition Opinion cover for March 10, 2015 - How to rate the new Congress (Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times)

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President Obama's request for authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State would expire three years after it is passed by Congress, while the November 2014 immigration move grants a reprieve from deportation and legal work permits to illegal immigrants for 36 months. (Associated Press)

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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In this March 3, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Iran and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress during a meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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At a Senate hearing Tuesday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey asked Congress to end sequestration and boost defense spending by $38 billion next year. (Associated Press)

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Gen. Lloyd Austin, who oversees military operations in the Middle East, told Congress on Tuesday that he is worried about how the removal of pertinent State Department and military staff from Yemen has further inflamed concerns about the future of counterterrorism operations in the region. (Associated Press)