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** FILE ** Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) speaks at the Tea Party Patriots 5th Anniversary Celebration at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Thursday, February 27, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, before the House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the effects the government shutdown is having on benefits and services to veterans. About 3.8 million veterans will not receive disability compensation next month if the partial government shutdown continues into late October, Shinseki told lawmakers Wednesday. Some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving spouses and dependents will see pension payments stopped. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)