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December 12, 2013

House Republicans get behind budget agreement

Deal would remove some automatic sequester cuts, ultimately keep deficit in check

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"As a conservative, I deal with the situation as it exists. I deal with the way things are, not necessarily the way I want them to be," Ryan said in unveiling the measure on Tuesday. "I've passed three budgets in a row that reflect my priorities and my principles and everything I wanted to accomplish. We're in divided government. I realize I'm not going to get that."

"Looking at it on its own merits, I think the pros outweigh the cons," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who worked privately to secure a last-minute change that shields current federal workers from higher pension costs.

Ryan appeared Thursday morning on "CBS This Morning" and MSNBC.

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