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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona, accompanied by fellow Republicans Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming (left) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (right), criticizes Democrats on the deadlocked bipartisan payroll-tax conference panel Tuesday at a news conference. (Associated Press)

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Montana Democrat (left), and Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, confer during a meeting of the payroll-tax conferees Wednesday. Partisan debate on conditions to add to the federal unemployment benefits program threatens to bog down negotiations on extending the payroll-tax break. (Associated Press)

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A conference committee of senators and congressmen — including Sen. Ben Cardin, left, Maryland Democrat; Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat; Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican; and Sen. Mike Crapo, Idaho Republican — meet Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in the House Visitors Center in Washington, D.C., to discuss resolving the differences on payroll tax relief, unemployment insurance, Medicare physicians payment fix and other items. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Sen. John McCain (center), Arizona Republican and ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, flanked by Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (left), Arizona Republican, and fellow committee member Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, speaks Dec. 14, 2011, during a news conference on Capitol Hill to announce an effort to replace the defense sequester mandated as a result of the supercommittee's failure. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right), Kentucky Republican, and Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, head to a caucus meeting on Aug. 1, 2011, with fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill to discuss the debt plan. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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From left: Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, head July 31, 2011, to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill to vote on the debt-limit solution crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (left), with Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona, said he no longer thinks a debt solution is possible "as long as this president is in the Oval Office." Mr. McConnell proposed a backup plan that would, in effect, let the president increase the nation's debt limit with only Democratic votes. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sunday, July 3, 2011. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), Kentucky Republican, speaks June 28, 2011, with reporters as Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, looks on, following a weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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"We have not refused any new revenue. For example, we've been discussing some fee increases and some other things that would actually generate revenue." - Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. Jon Kyl says the Obama administration's policy on arms control could undermine deterrence.

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"We can get American energy on line if we simply grant the permits," said Sen. Jon Kyl. (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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Sen. Jon Kyl walks near the Senate floor on Wednesday. He and 25 of his Republican colleagues voted against the arms-control treaty.

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Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, says ratification of the New START arms pact with Russia should wait till next year. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, seen here with fellow Republican Sen. George LeMieux (left) of Florida, gestures during a news conference Wednesday on ratification of the New START treaty.

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Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, said he would discourage Democrats from bringing up the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty for consideration and a vote in the lame-duck session. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, viewed as a key Senate arms-control specialist, is opposed to a hasty Senate vote on the New START treaty with Russia. (Associated Press)