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Vice President Biden and members of Congress watch as President Obama signs the STOCK Act on April 4, 2012. A year later, Congress moved to undo large portions of the law without fanfare. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A sign outside the White House on Tuesday protests part of President Obama's proposed federal budget. Kevin G. Hall/MCT/Landov hide caption

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In Columbus, Ohio, signs of the sequester were hard to find. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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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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