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December 16th, 2013
08:31 PM ET

Budget deal divides Republican party

The bipartisan budget deal that easily passed through the House last week is now running into some opposition in the Senate.

There are not yet on the record the 50 votes needed to pass this bill - not to mention the 60 votes needed to begin voting.

According to CNN's vote count, there are currently 38 yes votes, with five Republicans joining 32 Democrats and one Independent.

CNN vote count: Budget deal nearing Senate approval, but not there yet

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner chided conservative groups who have opposed the deal and on Sunday, deal-maker Congress Paul Ryan weighed in on the internal GOP spat.

"I think John just kind of got his Irish up. He was frustrated that these groups came out in opposition to our budget agreement before we reached a budget agreement. I was frustrated, too. But I think these are very important elements of our conservative family. I would prefer to keep those conversations within the family," Ryan said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

The deal is expected to pass, but it's already caused a big split within the Republican party.

OutFront: Matt Kibbe is the president & CEO of Freedom Works, one of the conservative groups that opposes this budget deal; William Kristol is the editor of the Weekly Standard and Paul Begala is a democratic strategist and CNN political commentator.


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December 12th, 2013
08:51 PM ET

Budget deal will cost airline passengers more

The House passed the bipartisan budget deal.

It may help avoid another government shutdown, but anyone who flies should be prepared to pay up.

The new deal nearly doubles the TSA security fees paid by airline passengers.

Congressman Paul Ryan, who helped craft the budget deal, defended the higher fees, but does the math really add up?

Tom Foreman breaks it down.


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December 12th, 2013
08:30 PM ET

House passes budget deal

The House voted 332 to 94 to pass the bipartisan budget deal.

It brings us one step closer to avoiding a government shutdown and a rare break from Washington gridlock.

But plenty of Democrats and Republicans still have some hangups about the bill as it heads to the Senate.

Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports for OutFront.


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December 11th, 2013
08:22 PM ET

Rep. Tim Huelskamp: The budget deal will pass

Wow! A budget deal in Washington.

If passed by the House and Senate, it would set federal spending levels and eliminate arbitrary forced spending cuts scheduled to hit in mid-January.

But not everyone is hailing the bipartisan budget deal in Washington a victory. Lawmakers on both sides have some pretty big concerns.

The budget deal in plain English

A big issue for some Democrats - the deal doesn't extend emergency unemployment benefits for more than one million long-term jobless Americans.

5 things the budget deal doesn't do

"In terms of unemployment benefits, the president feels strongly that those unemployment benefits should be extended," Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

Still the President says he'll sign the bill if it passes through both Houses of Congress.

"This agreement doesn't include everything I'd like - and I know many Republicans feel the same way. That's the nature of compromise. But it's a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come together and break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven decision-making to get this done," Obama said in a statement.

But will it get that far?

OutFront: Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS).


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