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House to Vote Today on Budget Deal - GOP Split

WASHINGTON, DC -- The House of Representatives could vote on a new bipartisan budget plan designed to stop repeated government shutdowns.
They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House of Representatives could vote on a new bipartisan budget plan designed to stop repeated government shutdowns. 
 
Ahead of an expected House vote today on a bipartisan budget agreement - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)  is blasting conservative groups urging republicans to vote no.
"They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals."

The Club for Growth says the budget deal is made up of "budgetary smoke and mirrors." The Heritage Action Group calls it a step backwards.
"This is ridiculous! Listen if you're for more deficit reduction, you are for this agreement," Boehner responded.

Congressman and co author of the bill, Paul Ryan (R-WI), did his best to sell the plan Wednesday, saying Republicans need to make the divided government work.
"It's in our nation's interest to do that. That's why we sought to reach a budget agreement that maintained our core principles and found common ground."

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bipartisan proposal will hike the deficit $41 billion dollars over the next 2 years, but will save taxpayers $23 billion  over a decade,

Some Democrats wanted more from the deal, but see it as better than nothing.
"It is a small step in the right direction," says Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

"We would have preferred something quite different, but we do recognize the value of coming to a decision," added House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

White House officials say if the budget passes both houses, the President will sign it.

Some economist predict the deal could give the economy a modest boost.

(Susan McGinnis, CBS News)


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