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House Approves Two Year Budget Plan

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FOX News--The House approved a two-year budget plan on Thursday evening, voting 332-94 over the objections of conservatives concerned it would increase spending in the short-term and liberals concerned it would not extend long-term jobless aid.


The bill, which passed on a bipartisan vote, now goes to the Senate. The House vote indicates the bill could be on a relatively clear path to the presidents desk, in sharp contrast to the protracted budget standoff in the fall which resulted in a partial government shutdown.


Lawmakers face a Jan. 15 deadline this time around to approve a spending plan. 


Ahead of the vote, House Speaker John Boehner sparred with the right flank of his party over the bill, produced out of weeks-long bipartisan negotiations. He specifically criticized conservative advocacy groups trying to pressure the rank-and-file to block the budget.


"Frankly, I think they're misleading their followers," Boehner said at a press conference. "I think they're pushing our members into places where they don't want to be. And frankly, I just think that they've lost all credibility." 


The comments reflected a newly aggressive approach by Boehner, in contrast to the more conciliatory tone he took during the last budget showdown. The speaker even took a shot at them for fueling the last battle. "You know, one of them, they pushed us into the fight to defund ObamaCare and shut down the government," he said. 
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