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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., listens at left as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, to discuss the stalled fiscal cliff negotiations and other unfinished business in the Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., discusses the Senate's upcoming votes on judicial nominations during a news conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday, May 24, 2005. In the back ground are Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., center, and Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (center), Kentucky Republican, steps off the Senate floor at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, before speaking with reporters following a GOP strategy luncheon. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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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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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., discusses the Senate's upcoming votes on judicial nominations during a news conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday, May 24, 2005. In the back ground are Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., center, and Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

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Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner (left) enters the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, to meet with House and Senate leaders to discuss the looming "fiscal cliff." (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner (left) enters the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, to meet with House and Senate leaders to discuss the looming "fiscal cliff." (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner enters the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, on his way to a meeting with House and Senate leaders to discuss the looming "fiscal cliff." (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas is one of several tea partyers elected to serve in the new Congress, which welcomes 12 rookie members of the Senate and at least 81 new House members. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, meets Nov. 13, 2012, with Independent Senator-elect Angus King in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss committee assignments and how they'll work together to represent Maine in the Senate. (Associated Press)

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John Wallmeyer, of Ashland, Va., listens as Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Virginia Governor George Allen concedes the senate race to former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine during his election night party event at the Omni Richmond Hotel in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sarah Baker of Richmond, Va., right, laughs as her five month old daughter Wila begins to cry in the arms of democratic candidate for Senate Tim Kaine, as they chat together outside the polling entrance at Linwood Holton Elementary School on election day morning, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** D.C. resident Tobie Miser joins unemployed workers and their supporters Oct. 11, 2011, for a prayer vigil in support of the upcoming Senate vote on the American Jobs Act in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, on Wednesday congratulates Mr. Kaine on his Senate victory, despite having supported Mr. Kaine’s GOP opponent in the contest. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), left, cheers on Tim Kaine (D), right, as he delivers his victory speech after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), left, Tim Kaine (D), right, and his wife Anne Holton, center, as they get word that President Barack Obama wins reelection during Kaine's victory speech after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), second from left, cheers on Tim Kaine (D) as he delivers his victory speech after winning the Virginia election for U.S. Senate at his election night party at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Democratic candidate for Senate Tim Kaine does a walk through to get a look at the room where his election night party will be held at the Richmond Marriott, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, holds a press conference on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Mr. Reid said he intends to change Senate filibuster rules following President Obama's win in the general election the previous day and that he hopes Republicans will work with the Democrats to solve some of the country's major issues. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, talks to the media after winning re-election to the Senate over Rep. Shelley Berkley, his Democratic challenger, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)