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FILE - In this May 8, 2012, file photo Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, with fellow Senate GOP leaders, speaks on Capitol Hill after a weekly strategy luncheon in Washington. The Democratic-led Senate and Republican-run House are writing legislation that dies right away or is assured of going nowhere in the other chamber. “It was, ‘Let’s put a bill on the floor that we know Republicans will never support, designed specifically to fail, so we can then spend the week talking about this on the Sunday talk shows and speeches on the floor and missives from the campaign,’” complained Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., last week after GOP senators voted in virtual lockstep to block Democrats’ student loan bill.  From left are Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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