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Senators Endure Vote-A-Rama With Coping Mechanisms

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Think of reconciliation as the biggest ladder in the game Chutes and Ladders — a procedural shortcut. But a presidential veto of whatever gets passed through reconciliation means tumbling back down a chute. Ben Husmann/Flickr hide caption

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Budget Reconciliation Explained Through Chutes And Ladders

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Abortion Provision In Human Trafficking Bill Delays Lynch Vote

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won't let the chamber vote on Loretta Lynch — the nominee to become the next attorney general — until the Senate passes its human trafficking bill. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Missed Abortion Language Tangles Senate's Trafficking Bill

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Tom Cotton, R-Ark., the freshman senator and Harvard graduate senator with a record of tough talk on foreign policy. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Who Is Tom Cotton, The Man Behind The Iran Letter?

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Tom Cotton: The Freshman Senator Behind The Iran Letter

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Congressional Approval For Military Fight Against ISIS Faces Uphill Battle

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GOP Senators Remind Iran That Nuclear Deal Needs Their Backing

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House Passes No-Strings-Attached Bill To Fund Homeland Security

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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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