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Congress will spend $60 million on a two-year restoration of the Capitol's dome, which will require it be covered in scaffolding. A rendering of the scaffolding system is seen here. (aoc.gov)

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Congress will spend $60 million on a two-year restoration of the Capitol's dome, which will require it be covered in scaffolding. A rendering of the scaffolding system is seen here. (aoc.gov)

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Congress will spend $60 million on a two-year restoration of the Capitol's dome, which will require it be covered in scaffolding. A rendering of the scaffolding system is seen here. (aoc.gov)

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**FILE** House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio wipes a tear while waiting to receive the gavel from outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. the during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Speaker-designate John Boehner of Ohio wipes a tear while waiting to receive the gavel from outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. the during the first session of the 112th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has been subpoenaed to testify before Congress on decisions he made regarding the closing of national parks during the government shutdown. (Associated Press)

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National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has been subpoenaed to testify before Congress on decisions he made regarding the closing of national parks during the government shutdown. (Associated Press)

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"If U.S. bond holders decided that they wanted to be repaid rather than continuing to roll over their Treasury investments," the United States could be forced into default within days, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Congress last week. (Associated Press)

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A screen grab of the official White House website reveals that the federal government shutdown has taken its toll on transparency and blames Congress.

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"If U.S. bond holders decided that they wanted to be repaid rather than continuing to roll over their Treasury investments," the United States could be forced into default within days, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Congress last week. (Associated Press)

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A screen grab of the official White House website reveals that the federal government shutdown has taken its toll on transparency and blames Congress.

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Henry Cisneros, a former Housing and Urban Development secretary, says expanding the nondeportation policy to all illegal immigrants would generate such anger that it probably jeopardizes the ability to go forward in good faith on immigration reform in Congress."

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Henry Cisneros, a former Housing and Urban Development secretary, says expanding the nondeportation policy to all illegal immigrants would generate such anger that it probably jeopardizes the ability to go forward in good faith on immigration reform in Congress."

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** FILE ** Tom Schatz, President of the Council for Citizens against Government Waste, center, accompanied by Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., left, and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, to discuss their worst spending projects of the 111th Congress. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)