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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, following a political strategy session, as from Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., (back left); Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., listen. The Senate is bracing for a tax-cut showdown that is all about Democrats and Republicans showing voters their differences over taxing the well-off while accusing each other of threatening to shove the government over a fiscal cliff. Senators planned to vote Wednesday, July 25 on a $250 billion Democratic bill that would extend expiring tax cuts next year for all but the highest earners. Republicans were forcing Reid to corral 60 votes for the proposal, which he does not have. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)