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President Obama arrives to make a statement regarding the budget fight in Congress and foreign policy challenges in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on Sept. 27, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, as the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate stand at an impasse with Congress continuing to struggle over how to fund the government and prevent a possible shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Storm clouds hang over Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, as the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate stand at an impasse with Congress continuing to struggle over how to fund the government and prevent a possible shutdown. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates is second-guessing the president's decision to seek Congress' approval before firing on Syria. (Associated Press)

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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates is second-guessing the president's decision to seek Congress' approval before firing on Syria. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting member of Congress (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting member of Congress (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting member of Congress (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) President Richard Trumka addresses members during the group's quadrennial convention at Los Angeles Convention Center on Sept. 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) President Richard Trumka addresses members during the group's quadrennial convention at Los Angeles Convention Center on Sept. 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Demonstrators opposed to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad gather on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 9, 2013, as Congress returns to work from August recess. President Obama is seeking authorization from Congress for a military strike against Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons in the civil war there. (Associated Press)

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Demonstrators opposed to the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad gather on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 9, 2013, as Congress returns to work from August recess. President Obama is seeking authorization from Congress for a military strike against Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons in the civil war there. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat: "It's my responsibility as a member of Congress to make sure we don't commit resources, the most precious of which are our men and women in uniform, with no comprehensive plan for our involvement."

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President Obama met with National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice (left) and House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Tuesday before meeting with members of Congress to discuss Syria and a proposed military strike. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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President Obama speaks to the press as National Security Adviser Susan Rice (left) and House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, look to him in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the situation in Syria. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks to the press as National Security Adviser Susan Rice (left) and House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, look to him in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with members of Congress to discuss the situation in Syria. (Associated Press)