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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, criticizes Republicans as being responsible for a "do-nothing Congress" during a news conference on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is one of several ex-members of Congress to become a successful lobbyist. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Rep. Jeff Landry, Louisiana Republican, holds a sign during a speech by President Obama to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Richard Cordray, assistant director of enforcement for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), listens as Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner (not pictured) speaks to the media on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Washington, to encourage Congress to approve Mr. Cordray's nomination to head the CFPB. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives with European People's Party President Wilfried Martens for the 20th Congress of the EPP in Marseille, France, on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 22, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at Central High School in Manchester, N.H. The failure of Congress' supercommittee adds a new dimension to the 2012 political contests by drawing political battle lines around broad tax increases and massive spending cuts that are now scheduled to begin automatically in 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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First Lady Lady Bird Johnson (Library of Congress)

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First Lady Dolley Madison (Library of Congress)

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First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln (Library of Congress)

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Humorist Mark Twain observed, "No man's life, liberty or property is safe while Congress is in session."

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Humorist Mark Twain observed, "No man's life, liberty or property is safe while Congress is in session."

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A statue of Benjamin Franklin overlooks the empty hallways of Congress at the Capitol in Washington as the deadline of the deficit supercommittee approaches with no expectations for success on the morning of Nov. 20, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Congress wants to keep french fries and other favorites on school lunch lines, fighting back against an Obama administration proposal to make the lunches healthier. (Associated Press)

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Alyce Dixon, who served at a military post office in France during World War II, speaks with Kwame R. Brown (left), chairman of the D.C. Council, and Eleanor Holmes Norton (right), the city's delegate to Congress, during a rededication ceremony Thursday at the District of Columbia War Memorial. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Alyce Dixon, center, a 104-year-old District resident who served in a military post office in France during WWII, speaks to the press with Kwame Brown, left, chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, and Eleanor Holmes Norton, right, the District's delegate to Congress, during a rededication ceremony following renovations of the District of Columbia WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 10, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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President Obama speaks in front of the Key Bridge, which spans D.C. and Arlington, Va., on Nov. 2, 2011, urging Congress to pass the infrastructure piece of the American Jobs Act. (Associated Press)

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President Obama implores Congress to pass the infrastructure part of the American Jobs Act as he speaks on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, to a Washington audience that includes ironworkers and steamfitters at Georgetown Waterfront Park. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Tyrone Thomas of Suitland, Md, and member of Ironworkers Local 5 walks past the U.S. flag as he and others wait for President Barack Obama's arrival and remarks urging Congress to pass the infrastructure part of the American Jobs Act, in front of a crowd which included iron workers and steam fitters, at Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. (Photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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President Obama waves goodbye to a crowd that included ironworkers and steamfitters following his speech urging Congress to pass the infrastructure part of the American Jobs Act, at Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Secret Service agents scout the scene prior to the arrival of President Barack Obama, who was scheduled to offer marks urging Congress to pass the infrastructure part of the American Jobs Act, in front of a crowd which included iron workers and steam fitters, at Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. (Photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)