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Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., center, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, arrive to vote on the spending bill in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. The Senate rejected competing Republican and Democratic spending bills in a bit of Capitol theater designed to demonstrate that the combatants must meet somewhere in the middle. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (second from left), North Dakota Republican, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (second from right), Massachusetts Democrat, leave the Senate chamber at the Capitol Wednesday after voting on the spending bill. Late Wednesday, the Senate rejected competing Republican and Democratic spending bills. (Associated Press)

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, center, is flanked by Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, and Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel Inouye, right, as she prepares to address a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard shakes hands with Speaker of the House John Boehner, second from left, as Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel Inouye, left, watches, after addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is flanked by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican (left) and Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, during her address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. She is slated to visit the United Nations in New York on Thursday. (Associated Press)

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to reporters Monday regarding a letter he received from the state Senate's minority leader on the political standoff. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., is seen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Feb. 3, 2011, file photo. The Senate passed a resolution this week urging an international probe into war crimes allegations. Casey, who introduced the Senate resolution, said that a "state of denial" exists in the Sri Lankan government that is "not helpful" in achieving accountability for the bloodshed. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Both supporters and opponents of Senate Bill 5 wait in line to enter the general Senate session Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio. The Senate passed the bill that would strip public employees of collective bargaining rights. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks to reporters after a Democratic policy luncheon on Tuesday in Washington. The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a two-week continuing resolution passed Tuesday by the House. (Associated Press)

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Maryland State Sen. Allan Kittleman, Howard County Republican, speaks Thursday on the state Senate floor in Annapolis, Md., in support of the gay marriage bill as State Sen. Nancy Jacobs, Harford County Republican, sits at left. (Associated Press)

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Former Sen. Judd Gregg said, "the House is much closer to the intensity of feeling in the American public on ... spending and deficit and debt than the Senate is." (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Thune of South Dakota has declined to pursue a presidential bid next year and will remain in the Senate where he's serving his second term. (Associated Press)

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Union member Cliff Wolfe of Battleground, Ind., protests several anti-labor bills outside the Senate chambers at the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Star, Matt Detrich)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, had "no comment" when asked by reporters over the weekend if he would seek to get the Senate to restore funding for a defense contract in his congressional district that was cut in the House. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, set off a flurry of speculation about his successor after he announced that he would not seek another Senate term next year. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, right, listens to House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, prior to their testimony in front of a Senate panel in Frankfort, Ky., on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Both men testified in favor of a bill that would require a prescription for certain cold medications. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

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Dr. Donald Berwick, whom President Obama appointed as head of Medicare and Medicaid without Senate hearings, now needs Senate approval. (Associated Press)

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: JoAnn Abbott, co-organizer for the Washington D.C. Tea Party, discusses goals at the Senate Tea Party Caucus on Capitol Hill on Thursday. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, takes the Senate oath during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. administers a ceremonial Senate oath during a mock swearing-in ceremony for Sen. Rand Paul (left), Kentucky Republican, accompanied by family members, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)