Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. Jones will miss the end of the 2017-18 congressional term with an illness.
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. Jones will miss the end of the 2017-18 congressional term with an illness. Andrew Harnik AP
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington. Jones will miss the end of the 2017-18 congressional term with an illness. Andrew Harnik AP

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