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Brown wasnt alone among Republican senators up for reelection who called on their partys House members to pass the Senate deal. Sens. John McCainJohn McCainThe trouble with Rex Tillerson   Senate: Act now to save Ukraine A Cabinet position for Petraeus; disciplinary actions for Broadwell after affair MORE (Ariz.), Dick Lugar (Ind.), Dean HellerDean HellerGovernments and businesses: Teaming up for taxpayers GOP senator won't rule out 2018 run for Nevada governor A holiday surprise: Will Congress protect privacy? MORE (Nev.) and others joined the chorus calling for the House GOP to get behind the deal that Senate leaders from both parties struck.

And in North Dakota, Democrats accused freshman GOP Rep. Rick Berg — who is running for retiring Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D-N.D.) seat — of choosing his allegiance to the Tea Party over a tax break for struggling workers.

“Even during the holidays, Rick Berg and his Tea Party colleagues showed they were more interested in playing hyper-partisan games than standing up for middle-class North Dakota families, state Democratic Party spokeswoman Alison Kelly said in a news release.