In this photo taken, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, joined by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barrasso is a member of the House-Senate conference committee working on the extension of the payroll tax break that is also considering the Medicare physician reimbursement rate and an extension of unemployment benefits. . (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) A special agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) searches a vehicle heading into Mexico in 2010. In Long Beach, California, one immigration agent was killed and another injured in a shooting in a federal building. (AFP Photo/Scott Olson)
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