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Conservatives Seek Defeat of Budget Plan

Conservative groups are urging House Republicans to oppose a budget deal that is coming up for a vote later today.

 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) speaks while U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill,
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) speaks while U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Some House Democrats are also unhappy with it, because it doesn’t contain a provision to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. But the plan is expected to pass in the House.

It would ease $63 billion in scheduled spending cuts and replace them with longer-term savings measures.

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama complains that “it’s a fee increase to fuel a spending increase.”

Boehner takes on critics on his right

U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

House Speaker John Boehner is fed up with critics who say he and his GOP colleagues aren’t conservative enough.

Boehner is speaking out against right-leaning interest groups like Heritage Action. The Ohio Republican is defending a budget agreement that Heritage Action and other groups attacked before it was even made public.

Boehner told reporters Thursday that such conservative critics — quote — “have lost all credibility.”

The House speaker blames the groups for pushing GOP lawmakers into the confrontation over the president’s health care law that touched off a partial government shutdown in October and hurt Republicans politically.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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