Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) of Kentucky. joined by Sen. John Barrasso (left), R-Wyo., left, and Sen John Thune, R-S.D., speaks to reporters Tuesday following the weekly policy lunches on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) of Kentucky. joined by Sen. John Barrasso (left), R-Wyo., left, and Sen John Thune, R-S.D., speaks to reporters Tuesday following the weekly policy lunches on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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