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In this photo taken April 23, 2015, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. poses for a portrait following an interview with The Associated Press in her office on Capitol Hill. There’s a disturbance in the force of the tradition-bound Senate and her name is Patty Murray. The Washington state Democrat, once famously dubbed “just a mom in tennis shoes,” is the reason behind an uncomfortable power standoff between two men who intend to lead the Democrats after Minority Leader Harry Reid retires. Murray, her quiet style and her clout amassed over 22 years in the Senate, poses a challenge to the way things work in Washington. She’s poised to be the first woman in the Senate’s top-tier leadership. And she’s outgrown her image as the ultimate underdog, if not the mom in storied footwear.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., right, head into the Senate Chamber on Cap[itol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015, for the confirmation vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. Lynch won confirmation to serve as attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks from his office to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015, as the Senate is expected to vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general. The vote to confirm Ms. Lynch, who would be the first female African American Attorney General, has been delayed for over five months. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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In this file photo taken Feb. 5, 2015, Arkansas State Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, presents a bill to the a Senate at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., to prevent local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination laws. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, following a Senate policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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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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Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, Anne Arundel Democrat, said his chamber was "open" to dealing with the Senate bill nixing the rain-tax mandate. (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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Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., left, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, following a Senate vote on military sexual assaults. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) **FILE**

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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will begin consideration of Lynch's nomination to be attorney general next week. Democrats have been pressing for the Senate to act on President Barack Obama's selection of Lynch, who is the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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At a Senate hearing Tuesday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey asked Congress to end sequestration and boost defense spending by $38 billion next year. (Associated Press)

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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe reportedly tossed a snowball Thursday on the Senate floor while arguing against "the hysteria on global warming." (C-SPAN2 via National Journal)

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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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Kansas State Sen. Garrett Love, R- Montezuma carried Senate Bill 95 on the floor of the Senate Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The Senate endorsed the bill, which would outlaw a method of abortion called "dismemberment" abortion. Critics of the bill guaranteed constitutional challenges in the future. (AP Photo/Topeka Capital-Journal, Thad Allton)

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Challenged by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch defends President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally but she said they have no right to citizenship under the law, as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 during her confirmation hearing before the committee. Lynch made her remarks in the opening moments of a hearing into her appointment as the nation's first black female attorney general. It is the first confirmation proceeding since Republicans took control of the Senate this month. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane looks on before newly elected members of the Pennsylvania Legislature are sworn in, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Republicans who control both the Senate and House picked up additional seats in the November election. In the House, Republicans outnumber Democrats 119 to 84 and in the Senate, 30 to 20. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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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)

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Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, followed by Sen. Brian Schatz, Hawaii Democrat, join other senators in a rush to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 11, 2014, for a procedural vote to advance the $585 billion defense bill. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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National Edition Opinion cover for January 7, 2015 - Restoring the Senate (Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times)

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National Edition News cover for January 6, 2015 - McConnell ready to take helm of Senate: Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., during an interview with The Associated Press at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. "How many times did we have the point of the week?" Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said about Democratic tactics in an interview with The Associated Press last week. "It was designed to make us walk the plank. It had nothing to do with getting a legislative outcome." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)