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Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat (right), a lifelong hunter and NRA member, plans to "go to every gun show" in the country in his effort to convince doubters including NRA members of the Senate background-check bill's merit.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, gestures as he takes a call in his office before the jobs bill cloture vote on Capitol Hill in Washington on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. A bipartisan jobs bill cleared a GOP filibuster with critical momentum provided by the Senate's newest Republican, Sen. Scott P. Brown of Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords is helped as she arrives for a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Washington, about measures to reduce gun violence and the bill to expand background checks on guns that was defeated in the Senate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords is helped as she arrives for a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Washington, about measures to reduce gun violence and the bill to expand background checks on guns that was defeated in the Senate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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**FILE** Arkansas state Sen. Gary Stubblefield, Branch Republican, speaks April 5, 2013, on the Senate floor at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock for his bill that would ban the state from awarding grants to entities that perform abortions or abortion referrals. The measure narrowly failed in the Senate, but Stubblefield said he may try again to get the restriction through the Legislature. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Arkansas state Sen. Gary Stubblefield, Branch Republican, speaks April 5, 2013, on the Senate floor at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock for his bill that would ban the state from awarding grants to entities that perform abortions or abortion referrals. The measure narrowly failed in the Senate, but Stubblefield said he may try again to get the restriction through the Legislature. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira (right) attends the debate in the French Senate on the legalization of same-sex marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, in Paris on Thursday, April 4, 2013. (AP Photo/ Jacques Brinon)

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** FILE ** French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira (right) attends the debate in the French Senate on the legalization of same-sex marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, in Paris on Thursday, April 4, 2013. (AP Photo/ Jacques Brinon)

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** FILE ** New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders applaud after Cuomo signed New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act into law during a ceremony in the Red Room at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. From left are Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein, Bronx Democrat, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Democrat, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy (behind Cuomo) and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Yonkers Democrat. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, who represents Newtown, Conn., right, and Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, shake hands after the passage of a gun-control bill in the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, who represents Newtown, Conn., right, and Senate President Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, shake hands after the passage of a gun-control bill in the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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ROD LAMKEY JR./THE WASHINGTON TIMES Sen. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat, has been trying to craft an abortion compromise for passage of the Senate's health care overhaul bill. Democratic leaders aim to lock down support from all 60 members of their caucus for a final vote by Christmas Eve, but are trying to balance opposition from both moderates and liberals.

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 14, 2013, file photo, Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, sits at his desk on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Sheldon and fellow Democrat Rodney Tom currently side with Republicans in the Senate leading to questions as to whether the Reproductive Parity Act, as it is known to supporters, has enough votes to pass. The measure would require most insurers in Washington state to cover abortions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

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** FILE ** In this Jan. 14, 2013, file photo, Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, sits at his desk on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Sheldon and fellow Democrat Rodney Tom currently side with Republicans in the Senate leading to questions as to whether the Reproductive Parity Act, as it is known to supporters, has enough votes to pass. The measure would require most insurers in Washington state to cover abortions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

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A gun control bill proposed by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley has cleared the Senate but is stuck in a House committee over the issue of assault weapons. Zero tolerance policies in some schools have gone overboard, according to critics. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, leaves the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Jason Rapert, Conway Republican, waits to be interviewed near the senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock on March 5, 2013. The Senate voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of Rapert's legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Jason Rapert, Conway Republican, waits to be interviewed near the senate chamber at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock on March 5, 2013. The Senate voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of Rapert's legislation that would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders applaud after Cuomo signed New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act into law during a ceremony in the Red Room at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. From left are Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein, Bronx Democrat, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Democrat, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy (behind Cuomo) and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Yonkers Democrat. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, wraps up a news conference Feb. 26, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he and GOP leaders challenged President Obama and the Senate to avoid the automatic spending cuts set to take effect four days later. (Associated Press)