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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R) arrives with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R) arrives with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (R) arrives with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman testifies at a Senate Science, Commerce and Transportation Committee hearing on the impacts of the U.S. government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman testifies at a Senate Science, Commerce and Transportation Committee hearing on the impacts of the U.S. government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 11, 2013....more

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman testifies at a Senate Science, Commerce and Transportation Committee hearing on the impacts of the U.S. government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman arrives to testify at a Senate Science, Commerce and Transportation Committee hearing on the impacts of the U.S. government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman arrives to testify at a Senate Science, Commerce and Transportation Committee hearing on the impacts of the U.S. government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 11, 2013....more

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman arrives to testify at a Senate Science, Commerce and Transportation Committee hearing on the impacts of the U.S. government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (C) arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) steps down from a bus as he arrives with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) steps down from a bus as he arrives with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) steps down from a bus as he arrives with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) arrives with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) arrives with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) arrives with other members of the Senate Republican Caucus for a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington October 11, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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