Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., gestures as he speaks in an Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in May 22. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Republican House Speaker John Boehner administers the oath of office to Amash during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 5, 2011, at the start of Amash's first term. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Superstorm Sandy swept through the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., in late October. In late November, this sign symbolized the hope of homeowners that help would be coming soon. Eric Thayer /Reuters /Landov hide caption

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A thumbs-up in thanks: Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on the floor of the House today. Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner arrives at the White House on Friday for talks with President Obama and congressional leaders aimed at avoiding the "fiscal cliff." Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh and challenger Democrat Tammy Duckworth before a televised debate at the WTTW studios on Oct. 18, 2012, in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks in the White House's Brady Briefing Room on Tuesday. Behind the president, a ticking clock counts down the time until taxes will go up if Congress can't reach an extension deal on payroll tax cuts. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP hide caption

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