Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., right, pick up box lunches on Feb. 12 before boarding a bus for a trip to a retreat in Cambridge, Md., where House Democrats will hold strategy meetings for two and a half days. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Republicans plan to start the new year with a vote on HealthCare.gov that will place Democrats in a politically tough spot. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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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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