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Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, left, greets Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Kirk returned for the first time since he suffered a stroke on Jan. 23, 2012.
Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, left, greets Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Kirk returned for the first time since he suffered a stroke on Jan. 23, 2012.
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Members of Congress line the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from right, accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., right, and Vice President Joe Biden, waves as he walks the steps to mark his return to Congress following a major stroke last year.
Members of Congress line the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from right, accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., right, and Vice President Joe Biden, waves as he walks the steps to mark his return to Congress following a major stroke last year.
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Vice President Joe Biden watches at left as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from left, accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., second form right, and Senate Majority whip Richard Durbin of Ill., right, walks the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.
Vice President Joe Biden watches at left as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from left, accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., second form right, and Senate Majority whip Richard Durbin of Ill., right, walks the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.
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Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., third from right, is hugged by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, after he walked up the steps to the Senate. 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.
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., third from right, is hugged by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, after he walked up the steps to the Senate. 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.
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Vice President Joe Biden watches at left as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from left, accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., second form right, and Senate Majority whip Richard Durbin of Ill., right, walks the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.
Vice President Joe Biden watches at left as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from left, accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., second form right, and Senate Majority whip Richard Durbin of Ill., right, walks the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.
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Sen. Mark Kirk, R- Ill., right, helped by Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper Terrance Gainer, walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, before climbing the steps to the Senate.
Sen. Mark Kirk, R- Ill., right, helped by Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper Terrance Gainer, walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, before climbing the steps to the Senate.
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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.
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.
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Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, front right, gestures while standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Kirk returned for the first time since he suffered a stroke on Jan. 23, 2012.
Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, front right, gestures while standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Kirk returned for the first time since he suffered a stroke on Jan. 23, 2012.
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U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, second right, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, left, assist Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, second left, up the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Kirk returned for the first time since he suffered a stroke on Jan. 23, 2012.
U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, second right, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, left, assist Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, second left, up the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Kirk returned for the first time since he suffered a stroke on Jan. 23, 2012.
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Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, center, waves as U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, left, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, right, look on while standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Kirk returned for the first time since he suffered a stroke on Jan. 23, 2012.
Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, center, waves as U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, left, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, right, look on while standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Kirk returned for the first time since he suffered a stroke on Jan. 23, 2012.
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Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, second left, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, second right, wave as U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, left, looks on while standing at the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.
Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, second left, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, second right, wave as U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, left, looks on while standing at the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.
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