Customers shop for guns at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store in Tinley Park, Ill., in January. One of the gun provisions in the spending bill prevents the Justice Department from requiring gun dealers to conduct an inventory to see if guns are lost or stolen. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds a copy of his budget plan during a news conference last week. On Thursday, the Republican-controlled House narrowly passed the measure. The Senate is not expected to follow suit. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner answers reporters' questions after the weekly House Republican caucus meeting with (from left) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Rep. Steve Daines on Tuesday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner speaks to the media after a meeting with President Obama on Friday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, discusses the sequester Tuesday on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks Tuesday about the sequester in Newport News, Va. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voices his opposition to President Obama's choice of former Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as secretary of defense, on Capitol Hill last week. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Four F-16s from the 77th Fighter Squadron of Shaw Air Force Base fly over Darlington Raceway before a NASCAR race in Darlington, S.C., in May 2012. Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR hide caption

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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey (from left), Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller Robert Hale wait for a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Military leaders are warning Congress about the effects of the sequester. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Vice President Joe Biden participates in a round-table discussion on gun violence at Virginia Commonwealth University with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Friday. The panelists included people who worked on gun safety after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, shown in June 2012, says the U.S. won't default unless the president chooses to let it happen. John Hanna/AP hide caption

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Vice President Joe Biden shows the certificate of the Electoral College vote for Ohio to House Speaker John Boehner during a joint session of Congress on Friday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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