A woman looks on at the U.S. Capitol in 2013 after the most recent government shutdown. Congress has made no progress toward avoiding a government shutdown when it will run out of funding Sept. 30. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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President Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden after the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Gary Cameron/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Congress tries every year to plug a loophole that would otherwise result in a 21 percent cut in Medicare doctors' pay. But it doesn't exactly always tighten its belt in the process. Key Wilde/Getty Images hide caption

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) talks to reporters Thursday about the deadline to fund the government while simultaneously eliminating President Obama's health care law. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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President Obama met with more than a dozen lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the White House on Tuesday to press his case for a military strike in Syria. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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President Obama reached out to touch the statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks during Wednesday's dedication ceremony in the U.S. Capitol. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was behind the president. Jason Reed/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner swears in the newly elected members of the 113th Congress on Thursday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner holds a press conference at the Capitol on Friday. The night before, he did not have enough backing from his own party to pass his fiscal cliff legislation. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner at the Capitol on Thursday. In a call the following day with President Obama, he proposed an income tax rate increase on people making more than $1 million a year as long as the president agreed to substantial spending cuts. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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