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In this image from video from Senate Television, Vice President Joe Biden presides over the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. A bipartisan bill to speed government drug approvals and bolster biomedical research cleared its last procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday in an emotional moment for Biden. The overwhelming 85-13 vote put the measure on track for final legislative approval by the Senate as early as Tuesday. (Senate TV via AP)

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Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte thanks supporters Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, after telling them her race with Democratic challenger for Senate, Gov. Maggie Hassan was too close to call in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2015, file photo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, R-Smithtown, left, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo applaud during an economic development awards ceremony in Albany, N.Y. This year's election will determine which party controls the New York state Senate. Republicans now control the chamber, but Democrats say GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump's unpopularity in the state will help down-ballot Democrats. Flanagan warns that a Senate Democratic majority would become a tool of New York City liberals. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

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Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, right, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, left, face off in their first televised debate in what's considered a crucial race that could determine which party controls the Senate, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at the University of Illinois in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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Illustration on the Senate's utility in Obama's nuclear initiatives by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Protesters throw cash onto the Senate floor on Wednesday, July 6.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses with Senate leaders, Tuesday, June 7, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., , Merkel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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shifting strategy: Hillary Clinton accused her presidential primary rival of not being a true Democrat and mentioned his Senate votes to shield gun manufacturers.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to a closed-door GOP policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. Senate Republicans, most vocally Senator McConnell, are facing a high-stakes political showdown with President Barack Obama sparked by the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Republicans controlling the Senate — which must confirm any Obama appointee before the individual is seated on the court — say that the decision is too important to be determined by a lame-duck president. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. State and local governments would be permanently barred from taxing access to the Internet under a bipartisan compromise the Senate began pushing toward final congressional approval. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The Senate Republican leadership (from left) Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, gather before a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address before Congress tonight, where both the Senate and the House are controlled by Republicans opposed to his policies. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The squabble over Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails has hit the Senate. Grassley is using one of the tools of the Senate to try to extract information from the State Department related to Clinton's email practices, prompting complaints from Senate Democrats. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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A grim Jedi Master with an amethyst-bladed lightsaber, Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) was the champion of the Jedi Order, with little tolerance for the failings of the Senate, the arguments of politicians, or the opinions of rebellious Jedi.

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President Ronald Reagan pictured with Senate candidate Jim Santini during a fundraising dinner for Santini in Las Vegas in June 1986

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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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Sen. Bernard Sanders has been cashing in on his quarter-century in the Senate as a fierce left-wing warrior in his bid to wean support away from presumed Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has been hamstrung by the ongoing scandal involving her private email server. (Associated Press)

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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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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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Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla., speaks to supporters and the media Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Miami, after he conceded Florida's senate race to Republican Marco Rubio. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, expects a defense budget for the Senate by week's end. A presidential veto is expected as the proposed spending plan would increase funding for a war chest (Associated Press)