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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, following a policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, left, and Vice President Joe Biden, Democrat, arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, answers a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 21, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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FILE - In this March 17, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. McConnell and GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz are among 57 Republicans in Congress who are calling on the Supreme Court to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this March 24, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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"It would provide tools to finally repeal and replace Obamacare itself, leaving the law's higher costs and broken promises where they belong — in the past — in favor of a fresh start, and the opportunity for real health reform," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who said just having the debate was a major change for a Senate that had been calcified in recent years. (associated press)

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The spending fights will make it tough for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John A. Boehner to cobble a coalition able to pass a budget, and they are unlikely to get any help from Democrats, who have slammed the twin GOP proposals released this week — one for the House and one for the Senate — as "warmed-over stew." (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans are trying to shift focus away from a controversial letter to Iranian leaders last week and back toward details of the nuclear deal President Obama is negotiating with the Islamic republic. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington on March 2, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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FILE - In the Feb, 13, 2015, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, stand together at a ceremony before the signing of the bill authorizing expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, at the Capitol in Washington. Boehner and McConnell are facing a dilemma. After winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, stand together Feb, 13, 2015, at a ceremony before the signing of the bill authorizing expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, at the Capitol in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, did not support a plan proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican to avert a shutdown. He called the about-face by GOP senators "a mistake."

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky accompanied by Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican, right, meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, to talk about his move to disentangle one of two contested immigration measures from the Homeland Security budget and debate the issues separately, as the Senate faces an impasse over provisions attached to the spending bill aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John A. Boehner have tussled with their right flank over how best to advance a conservative agenda at the Capitol. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky attend a statue unveiling ceremony honoring former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The conservative core of the Republican Party has long been leery of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, who are viewed derisively as establishment stalwarts. (Associated Press)

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US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, waits for the start of the State of The Union address by US President Barack Obama on January 20, 2015 in the House Chamber of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN

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House Speaker John Boehner, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meet with the press at the GOP retreat at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/PennLive.com, Mark Pynes ) ** FILE **

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President Barack Obama, flanked by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks to media before his meetin with bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss a wide range of issues, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to his office from the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, after making plans to begin debate on the Keystone XL pipeline bill which cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)