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Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Prince George's Democrat, admits that raising the state's gas tax "doesn't poll well." (Associated Press)

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Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, co-wrote the transportation bill that was passed by the Senate on Wednesday by a 74-22 vote. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, returned to the Senate after an absence of two years. Now, former senator Bob Kerry of Nebraska, with whom Lautenberg served, is attempting a comeback. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, left, and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr., James City Republican, right, confer as the Senate met at the State Capitol in Richmond, Va. Thursday, March 8, 2012. The budget deadlock in the Senate continues. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

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People line up to have their picture taken with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch following the signing of the Civil Marriage Protection Act at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, March 1, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch sign the Civil Marriage Protection Act into law at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, March 1, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Michael Busch sign the Civil Marriage Protection Act into law at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday, March 1, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies Feb. 28, 2012, on Capitol Hill before the Senate on the State Department's fiscal 2013 budget. (Associated Press)

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Senate Republican leader, Sen. Thomas Norment, James City Republican, right, talks with Democratic leader Sen, Richard Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, during the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Senate Republican leader, Sen. Thomas Norment, James City Republican, left, and Democratic leader Sen. Richard Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, leave the Senate floor after a vote on the budget at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Maryland State Sens. Nancy C. Jacobs, a Republican representing Cecil and Harford counties, and Allan H. Kittleman, a Republican representing Carroll and Howard counties, chat Feb. 23, 2012, at the State House in Annapolis, as the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Maryland State Sen. Edward R. Reilly, Anne Arundel County Republican, looks over paperwork Feb. 23, 2012, at the State House in Annapolis, as the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Maryland State Sen. Bryan W. Simonaire, Anne Arundel County Republican, reads Feb. 23, 2012, from the book "King & King," which at the end shows a drawing of two princes kissing, as the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act at the State House in Annapolis. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Maryland State Sen. Jamin B. Raskin, Montgomery County Democrat, speaks Feb. 23, 2012, at the State House in Annapolis, as the Senate passed the Civil Marriage Protection Act. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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President Obama talks Feb. 21, 2012, at the White House about the importance of the payroll-tax cut and jobless-benefits extension compromise that bi-partisan House and Senate conferees reached the previous week. He is joined by people who posted comments on the White House web site about how the tax cut would affect them. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Joseph Getty (R-Carroll and Baltimore) asked several questions about amendments that the Maryland House attached to the Civil Marriage Protection Act before the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the act Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in Annapolis, Md. Although Mr. Getty voted against the bill, it passed by a vote of 7 to 4 and will now move to the Senate floor. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Ulysses Currie, Prince George's Democrat, looks on after the Senate voted to censure him for failing to disclose his work for a grocery store chain in Annapolis on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus (left), Montana Democrat, and House Ways and Means Committee Charman Rep. David Camp, Michigan Republican, raise their hands Feb. 16, 2012, on Capitol Hill as the bipartisan House and Senate conferees gather to sign the compromise agreement. (Associated Press)

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Oscar Goodman, a former mob lawyer and three-time mayor of Las Vegas, stands outside the new museum, housed in a former federal courthouse where one of 14 Senate hearings on organized crime was held in the early 1950s. (Associated Press)

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New Jersey state Sen. Richard J. Codey, a Democrat, speaks in favor of a bill legalizing gay marriage in debate Monday at the state Capitol in Trenton, N.J. The Senate passed the measure on a vote of 24-16, but Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, has vowed to veto it. (Associated Press)