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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally demanding presidential action to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Sanders will run to Hillary Clinton's left, trying to elevate economic issues. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Seeking Presidency, 'Socialist' Sanders Looks To Elevate Less-Talked About Issues

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (right) walks with Sen. John Barrasso to a news conference about the compromise Tuesday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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In Latest Outbreak Of Bipartisanship, Senate Compromises On Trafficking Bill

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Cardin, right, confers with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. during a committee markup meeting on the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran Tuesday. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Helping Bridge Congress' Iran Divide, Sen. Ben Cardin Moves Into Spotlight

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Menendez 'Outraged' By His Indictment On Corruption Charges

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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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