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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)

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray after he offered 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 shakes hands with people in a crowd that included ironworkers and steamfitters after he offered remarks 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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President Obama urges Congress to pass the infrastructure part of the American Jobs Act in a speech to an audience that included ironworkers and steamfitters at Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (right) chats with Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters Deputy Public Affairs Director Thomas Blanton (left) and Rep. John Larson (D-CT, center) as they wait for President Barack Obama to arrive and offer 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, November 2, 2011. (Photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (center) chats with iron workers and others as they wait for President Barack Obama to arrive and offer 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, November 2, 2011. (Photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Laphonsor Price of Bowie, Md, and a member of Steamfitters Local 602, chats with reporters 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, November 2, 2011. (Photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Hayden Duncan of Landover, Md, and member of Ironworkers Local 5 chats with reporters 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, November 2, 2011. (Photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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President Barack Obama offers 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, November 2, 2011. (Photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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With the Key Bridge and Potomac River as his backdrop, President Barack Obama offers 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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With the Key Bridge and Potomac River as his backdrop, President Obama offers remarks urging Congress to pass the infrastructure part of the American Jobs Act, in front of a crowd that included ironworkers and steamfitters, at Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. (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, November 2, 2011. (Photo/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, November 2, 2011. (Photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray after he offered 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, November 2, 2011. (Photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with people in the crowd who came to see him, after he offered 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, November 2, 2011. (Photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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President Barack Obama speaks in front of the Key Bridge, which spans Arlington, Va., and Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, urging Congress to pass the infrastructure piece of the American Jobs Act. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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"We don't have to sit back and allow a minority in the Congress, known as the tea party, to dominate the discussion in our households," Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis recently said.