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Steny Hoyer's liberal streak and campaign skills have helped him climb to become the No. 2 Democrat in the House.
With Democrats now in the minority, Hoyer is the Democratic whip.
Hoyer, whose district is near the nation's capital, often sticks up for federal workers at a time when the federal government is considering cuts.
An AIPAC official said the regular trip was planned before there was an expected vote on the nuclear deal, and that no lobbying of lawmakers will take place.
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Some of the main targets of the groups are Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Brad Sherman (D-Calif.).
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The No. 2 Democrat thinks his party can pick up seats in November, but far fewer than the minority whip recently predicted to The Post.
The possibility of one day using ground troops against the Islamic State and waiting to debate the issue until next year is supported by many Republicans.
It seems to be just a question of when and how Congress will weigh in on the president's new strategy.
The No. 2 Democrat in the House called for a debate after the Nov. 4 elections to give a greater legislative imprint on attacks against the Islamic State.
They describe him as affable and polite.
PROJECT: Wilson Andrews, Jason Bartz, Ryan Kellett, Katie Parker, Leslie Passante and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Oct. 8, 2012.
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