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House Speaker John Boehner, left, of Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, of Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. (Associated Press photo)

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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats seem certain to block Republican legislation banning most late-term abortions in a Senate showdown with plenty of political significance but little suspense. I'm asking colleagues to open their hearts and help defend the defenseless," McConnell said Monday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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In this photo taken Aug. 6, 2015, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Aug. 6, 2015, as the Senate began its summer recess. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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FILE- In this Aug. 1, 2015, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to the attendees at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. There will be no further roll call votes this week," McConnell, told a mostly empty Senate on Wednesday, Aug. 5. The Senate is joining the House in summer recess as Congress sets course for an autumn of showdowns over Iran, spending and Planned Parenthood. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, listens to remarks while addressing the media after a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 21, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Talk radio host Mark Levin is calling for the resignations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner. (Associated Press)

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Senior Senate Republicans lined up Sunday to rebuke Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, for attacking Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, an extraordinary display of intra-party division played out live on the Senate floor. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's new highway spending bill is already on the skids, with both Democrats and Republicans questioning $47 billion in fees and penalties the legislation counts on to fund new road-building over the next three years. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this June 16, 2015, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, , R-Ky., speaks to members of the media following the weekly Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. McConnell said July 20 he hopes to announce soon that he and Sen. Barbara Boxer of California have reached an agreement on a transportation bill. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks in Elizabethtown Ky., in this May 26, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks to the media during a news conference following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, will get one last chance to force votes on amendments Tuesday to try to give the NSA more spying time, and to weaken some of the transparency that the House imposed. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate Chamber to begin a special session to extend surveillance programs Sunday. (AP Photo)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gets a campaign assist from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., left, at the Warren County Regional Airport in Paul's hometown, Bowling Green, Ky., on Nov. 3, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is locked in a fierce battle with Kentucky seatmate Rand Paul over extending the phone-snooping powers of the Patriot Act, which Mr. Paul opposes. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Supporters of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday, May 22, 2015, and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Legislation to renew the Patriot Act is also on the calendar, as is a bill to renew authority to commit federal funds for highway and bridge construction. McConnell is intent on keeping the anti-terrorism Patriot Act from lapsing while Republicans control the House and Senate. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to gather enough votes for at least a short-term extension of the Patriot Act. He supports the National Security Agency's phone-snooping program, which has generated heated debate in the Republican Party. (Associated Press) **FILE**