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U.S House pass budget deal, expected to sail through U.S Senate

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The U.S House of Representatives have passed a modest budget deal crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash)

According to NBC News on Dec. 12, the budget framework sailed through the House with strong backing from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who lashed out at outside conservative groups who balked at the deal before it was even produced. The budget bill is expected to pass the Senate.

The budget deal would set baseline spending levels for the next two years. The budget would sidestep on some of the most important issues such as tax rates and entitlement programs. The budget would set spending levels slightly above the spending caps established by the automatic spending cuts known as the "sequester. The raised spending would be financed through cuts and reforms in the budget.

The budget deal has sparked a division within the GOP, with far right conservatives coming out sharply against the bill which prompted a rare rebuke from GOP House leaders, especially from Speaker Boehner.

Boehner expressed his frustration with far right-winged conservative groups such as Heritage Action and Americans for Prosperity in a news conference on Dec. 12. He told the press:

Frankly, I just think that they have lost all credibility.

Even if a substantial number of House Republicans vote against the budget deal, House Democrats are prepared to joined moderate Republicans in passing the bill through the House. House Democrats have also had their disappointment with the bill because it leaves out in extension in federal unemployment benefits. But Democrats have said they are willing to take up unemployment benefits in a separate bill.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gave her support to the budget deal despite her concerns with bill. She said in a press conference:

I don't think our members will let this bill go down. It's an okay thing to vote for.

President Barack Obama has expressed his support of the budget deal and is expected to signed the legislation when it reaches his desk.

Stay tuned.

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