President Bush signs the 2003 tax cut package at the White House. With Bush are then-Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, Treasury Secretary John Snow, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Bill Frist, and House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Bill Thomas. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada gestures during a news conference on Thursday, the last day before the Senate's summer recess. The majority Democrats were determined not to leave empty-handed, as both parties gird for potentially game-changing midterm elections. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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President Obama is greeted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada during an event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Friday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave in to pressures to balance the budget in 1937, unemployment almost doubled. Currently, Democrats are pushing for more government spending to help stimulate the economy and ease unemployment. AP hide caption

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A U.S. Border Patrol officers walks beside the fence that divides the U.S. from Mexico in the town of Nogales, Ariz., in April. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan meets Thursday with Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) on Capitol Hill. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while visiting with members of the Senate on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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