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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is scrambling to complete an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of Tea Party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status before he jets off to become ambassador to China.

But Baucus and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) both acknowledge it’s far from a slam-dunk that they’ll be able to finish the investigation, though they say they’re cautiously optimistic it would be done before the Montana Democrat leaves Congress.

He said Wednesday he hopes to wrap up the IRS probe in the next two to three weeks. Still, he also acknowledged he was trying to make progress on several other issues in what should be the final weeks of his nearly four-decade career on Capitol Hill.

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