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"It is a waste of time. We will not allow a conference to take place. It won't happen," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday about the possibility of the two chambers reconciling Department of Homeland Security funding bills. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Not Quite Ready To 'Suck It Up' Over Homeland Security Funding

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has offered Democrats a Department of Homeland Security funding bill without provisions, but Democrats still want a commitment from House Speaker John Boehner. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Republicans Hope To Use Homeland Security Budget As Leverage On Immigration

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If Congress doesn't act to fund the Department of Homeland Security by Friday, then over 200,000 TSA employees won't be receiving paychecks — but many of them will still have to show up to work. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For TSA Officers, Congress' Inaction On Funding Could Hit Home

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky returns to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 29, 2015. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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McConnell's Call For 'Regular Order' May Not Mean What It Used To

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Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is insisting the Department of Homeland Security not get any money unless Republicans get to undo the president's immigration policies. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Has A Ted Cruz Problem

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks during the Freedom Summit on Jan. 24, in Des Moines, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Grassley Leads Senate Judiciary Panel As Loretta Lynch Hearings Begin

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Keystone Supporters Hope Amendments Will Soften Pipeline Opposition

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Mitch McConnell Begins Dream Job As Senate Majority Leader

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Republican Majority Makes Boehner's Job Easier — And Harder

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Republican Leaders Vow New Congress Will Get Things Done

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, shown walking towards the Senate chamber on December 16, pushed through a final batch of judicial nominees this month, before the Republican-dominated Senate takes over in the new year. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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2014 Yielded Bumper Crop Of Judicial Confirmations

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Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

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Senate Democrats Use Waning Majority To Push Through Judges

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Siding With Obama On Deportations Hurts Saldana's Bipartisan Support

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