Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. gives a thumbs-up at left, as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from right, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., walks up the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kirk said he often visualized climbing the 45 steps of the U.S. Capitol as a source of inspiration during his months of grueling physical therapy after suffering a major stroke last year. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. gives a thumbs-up at left, as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from right, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., walks up the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kirk said he often visualized climbing the 45 steps of the U.S. Capitol as a source of inspiration during his months of grueling physical therapy after suffering a major stroke last year.     (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. gives a thumbs-up at left, as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from right, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., walks up the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kirk said he often visualized climbing the 45 steps of the U.S. Capitol as a source of inspiration during his months of grueling physical therapy after suffering a major stroke last year. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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