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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