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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The new Congress convenes Tuesday with Republicans in control of the House and the Senate as a formidable counterpoint to President Barack Obama in his final two years in office. Obama has the power to veto legislation, an action he’s only taken twice in six years. Expect plenty more in the next 24 months in showdowns between the Democratic president and the GOP-led Congress. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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Ted S. Yoho of Florida is challenging Speaker Boehner's position in the 2015 Congress. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, who frequently rails against President Obama's health care law on the chamber floor, said Congress will use "every too out there, including reconciliation" to repeal part of all of the Affordable Care Act. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on Congress' continuing resolution provisions eroding Constitutional liberties by Alexandr Hunter/The Washington Times

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As the 113th Congress closes, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, took some hits from his replacement for blocking amendments.

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With a new Congress set to convene in January, Republicans are casting their lot with Democratic New York Sen. Charles Schumer, whose more moderate policies the GOP believes it can work with over the far more liberal beliefs trumpeted by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. (Associated Press)

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in and out of favor: With a new Congress set to convene in January, Republicans are casting their lot with Democratic New York Sen. Charles Schumer, whose more moderate policies the GOP believes it can work with over the far more liberal beliefs trumpeted by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. (associated press)

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President Obama came out in full support of the spending package, but his Democratic allies in Congress did not follow suit. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on the opportunity for Republicans to lead Congress' efforts against illegal drugs by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses while holding what may be his last news conference of the 113th Congress, though critical legislation is still pending, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks on Thursday moderates a discussion about conservatism in the 114th Congress. (American Enterprise Institute)

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Led by Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, 50 sheriffs from around the nation head for Congress to warn of porous U.S. borders and the risks of amnesty.

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Illustration on Congress' attacks on the CIA over EITs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Congress is increasing the order for more MQ-9 Predator B and other drones to fight the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

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Despite many items on the chopping block, Congress' 2014 year-end defense spending bill maintains funding for the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center, which President Obama vowed to close as part of his 2008 campaign promises. (associated press)

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In their letter to Iranian leaders, 47 Senate Republicans, led by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, told Tehran that any nuclear deal that isn't submitted to Congress — as now seems likely — would not last into the next administration and would not represent the kind of historic, lasting agreement President Obama envisions. (Associated Press)

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Victims of the Fort Hood shooting will soon be eligible to receive the Purple Heart, with Congress pushing ahead with a policy change that would officially recognize domestic terrorism as an issue, rather than the "workplace violence" designation the Obama administration had used. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Congress Controls Purse Strings to Neutralize Executive Orders Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, says he'll try to force the Senate to vote on a bill halting the subsidy that lawmakers and their staffs get to pay for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, saying that's a benefit no other American receives, so Congress shouldn't either. (Associated Press)

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Congress Wields the Budget Ax Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times