Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is resisting President Obama's tax cut deal. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Sens. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut (left) and Richard Durbin of Illinois (right) talk with Cesar Vargas, a law student from New York City, on Capitol Hill in September. Vargas is one of some 2 million young people who would qualify for legal residency under the DREAM Act. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Rep.-elect Kristi Noem (R-SD) talks with the media Monday on Capitol Hill during orientation for congressional freshmen. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waits to speak to supporters at an election night party in Washington on Tuesday. The California Democrat must relinquish the speaker's gavel after Republicans regained control of the House. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Rep. Mark Critz, D-PA. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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