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The Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, would keep the current plan largely intact, although it would increase the share of insured losses paid for by private insurance and direct the government to study the effects of premiums collected through the program. . (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

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The Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, would keep the current plan largely intact, although it would increase the share of insured losses paid for by private insurance and direct the government to study the effects of premiums collected through the program. . (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and one of the Senate's top government watchdogs, said that if Republicans take back the Senate in November, he is ready to launch investigations into government scandals. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Bills in the Senate is still as a statue in the Capitol Rotunda, but Republicans hope to get things moving if they win control of the chamber in the midterm elections. Polls suggest they have a solid chance. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, has been chipping away at Obamacare, but if his party takes control of the Senate in November elections, he hopes to overhaul President Obama's signature health care law. (The Washington Times)

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Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican, is poised to become chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee if Republicans reclaim control of the Senate in the November midterms. (Associated Press)

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GOP’s quest for the Senate - Special Section cover (June 30, 2014)

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Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, has been chipping away at Obamacare, but if his party takes control of the Senate in November elections, he hopes to overhaul President Obama's signature health care law. (The Washington Times)

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Bills in the Senate is still as a statue in the Capitol Rotunda, but Republicans hope to get things moving if they win control of the chamber in the midterm elections. Polls suggest they have a solid chance. (Associated Press)

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FILE - This June 3 2014 file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate’s top Democrat has yanked a $180 billion spending measure from the floor after the chamber’s top Republican protested a plan that would have denied Republicans the chance to more easily win changes to the measure. Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the measure after McConnell thwarted a move to require a supermajority 60-vote threshold for adoption of amendments to the measure. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., addresses supporters and volunteers at his runoff election victory party Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson, Miss. Cochran defeated state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, in a primary runoff for the GOP nomination for senate. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Incumbent: Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran was forced into a runoff election for his Senate seat after the recent Mississippi primary failed to result in a clear winner to become the GOP's nominee in November. (Associated Press)

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incumbent: Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran was forced into a runoff election for his Senate seat after the recent Mississippi primary failed to result in a clear winner to become the GOP's nominee in November. (associated press)

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Incumbent: Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran was forced into a runoff election for his Senate seat after the recent Mississippi primary failed to result in a clear winner to become the GOP's nominee in November. (Associated Press)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

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Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, formerly the mayor of Anchorage, narrowly defeated scandal-plagued longtime Sen. Ted Stevens to win his Senate seat in 2008. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, 2010 Senate candidate and tea party favorite Joe Miller and former Alaska Attorney General Daniel Sullivan are vying for the opportunity to challenge Begich for his seat in November. Alaska's primaries will be held on Aug. 19. (Associated Press)

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State Rep. Chris McDaniel has been vocal in his opposition to Common Core, which garnered him support over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi's hotly contested Republican Senate primary (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Kelly Price)

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State Rep. Chris McDaniel has been vocal in his opposition to Common Core, which garnered him support over incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi's hotly contested Republican Senate primary (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Kelly Price)