Van Hollen said he believed Boehner could have stood up to outside groups long before.
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Rep. Paul Ryan says his job isn't to "cloud judgment with personal ambition."
Home for the holidays: That's where the House is headed after passing a two-year budget deal on Thursday night.
But plenty of Democrats are leaving Washington frustrated that Republicans would not consider a short-term extension of unemployment benefits.
On Dec. 28, 1.3 million people who have been out of work for at least six months will get their final check and their federal benefits will evaporate.
In the past, during brief lapses, parts of the federal program have always remained partially intact.
But not this time.
"We need a comprehensive bill," the House minority whip explained.
Paul Ryan says people are "hungry to get things done around here."
“If you're for reducing the budget deficit, then you should be voting for this bill,” Boehner said.
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Sen. Durbin said he's not sure there are enough votes to pass the budget deal in the Senate.
Passage is meant to ensure there is no disruption of farm programs.
When the House finishes voting Thursday night, it's done for the year.
Even with the budget deal, a giant omnibus spending bill must be passed by Jan. 15.