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Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois arrive for a news conference. Mr. Reid see that House Republicans are the obstacle to ending the government shutdown.

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** FILE ** In this Tuesday, June 28, 2011, file photo, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., center, flanked by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate holds its second hearing Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, on gun curbs since the December 2012 shooting deaths of 20 first-graders in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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** FILE ** In this Tuesday, June 28, 2011, file photo, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., center, flanked by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate holds its second hearing Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, on gun curbs since the December 2012 shooting deaths of 20 first-graders in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin listens during a news conference about a compromise deal on the payroll tax cut, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Democratic Sens. (from left) Charles Schumer of New York, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois, Patty Murray of Washington state and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speak March 1, 2012, with reporters on Capitol Hill after they defeated a Republican effort to roll back President Obama's policy on contraception insurance coverage. (Associated Press

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Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin listens during a news conference about a compromise deal on the payroll tax cut, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, accompanied by, from left, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters about extending the payroll tax cut, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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From left: President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, meet in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 13, 2011, regarding the debt ceiling. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, referring to New START, argues that Republicans are "delaying the ultimate passage of this critical treaty for the safety of the United States."

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ALMOST EYE TO EYE: Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (left), Illinois Democrat, and Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, discuss lame-duck legislation issues Sunday on "Face the Nation." (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, on the upcoming vote on the Defense Authorization bill.