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The U.S. Capitol building is pictured behind a fence as lawmakers return from the Christmas recess in Washington December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

The U.S. Capitol building is pictured behind a fence as lawmakers return from the Christmas recess in Washington December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

The U.S. Capitol building is pictured behind a fence as lawmakers return from the Christmas recess in Washington December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) returns from the Christmas recess to the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) returns from the Christmas recess to the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) returns from the Christmas recess to the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert
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U.S. President Barack Obama departs Honolulu, Hawaii December 26, 2012, for a return trip to Washington. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama departs Honolulu, Hawaii December 26, 2012, for a return trip to Washington. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama departs Honolulu, Hawaii December 26, 2012, for a return trip to Washington. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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U.S. President Barack Obama departs Honolulu, Hawaii December 26, 2012, for a return trip to Washington. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama departs Honolulu, Hawaii December 26, 2012, for a return trip to Washington. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama departs Honolulu, Hawaii December 26, 2012, for a return trip to Washington. REUTERS/Larry Downing
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