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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks to reporters about the looming financial crisis in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks to reporters about the looming financial crisis in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, about the looming financial crisis. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, about the looming financial crisis. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, about the looming financial crisis. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, about the looming financial crisis. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters about the looming financial crisis on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, leaves the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington after speaking to reporters about the looming financial crisis on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) tells the conference committee of senators and representatives that they have a huge responsibility to millions of Americans as they meet Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 in the House Visitors Center to discuss resolving differences in payroll tax relief. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Sandy Levin, Michigan Democrat, tells the conference committee of senators and representatives that they have a huge responsibility to millions of Americans as they meet Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in the House Visitors Center to discuss resolving differences in payroll tax relief. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A conference committee of senators and congressmen — including Sen. Ben Cardin, left, Maryland Democrat; Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat; Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican; and Sen. Mike Crapo, Idaho Republican — meet Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in the House Visitors Center in Washington, D.C., to discuss resolving the differences on payroll tax relief, unemployment insurance, Medicare physicians payment fix and other items. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)