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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, smiles after talking about the short-term funding bill that the Senate passed on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is joined by fellow Democrats (from left) Sens. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, Chuck Schumer of New York and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan after Monday's vote on a short-term funding bill. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (right), Nevada Democrat, accompanied by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, speaks Sept. 23, 2011, during a news conference on Capitol Hill to discuss the continuing resolution to keep the government open. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, gestures during a Sept. 22, 2011, news conference on Capitol Hill to discuss FEMA funding and the continuing resolution to fund the government. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, joined by Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, speaks about funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, said that if a government shutdown occurred because of a dispute over disaster aid, it would be on the shoulders of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, wants to add almost $7 billion in disaster aid to a temporary funding bill crafted to avert a government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** In this photo from July 27, 2011, Sen. Patty Murray (right), Washington Democrat, speaks as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, listens at a news conference on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this July 27, 2011, file photo, Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, speaks as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid listens at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, he's naming Murray to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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From left, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speak to the media after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., leaves the Senate floor after they passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speak to the media after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, speak to the media on Capitol Hill after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan on Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is the Senate majority leader.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, heads to a meeting on Aug. 1, 2011, in Washington with Democratic lawmakers to discuss the debt plan. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada (left), and Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, walk through the Capitol as the debt showdown continues. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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From left: Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, head July 31, 2011, to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill to vote on the debt-limit solution crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (second from right), Kentucky Republican, walks July 31, 2011, to the Senate floor at the Capitol for a vote on a debt-limit solution crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. McConnell is joined by Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (left), of Arizona, and Sen. John Barrasso (rear center), Wyoming Republican. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (second from right), Kentucky Republican, walks July 31, 2011, to the Senate floor at the Capitol for a vote on a debt-limit solution crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. McConnell is joined by Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (left), of Arizona, and Sen. John Barrasso (rear center), Wyoming Republican. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks from the floor of the Senate on July 30, 2011, at the Capitol in Washington. (Associated Press/Senate Television)