House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (right), accompanied by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, takes reporters' questions during a Dec. 11 news conference. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner leaves a news conference Thursday, after criticizing conservative groups that he said held too much sway in Republican politics, "pushing our members in places where they don't want to be." J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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It's 'Not Great,' But Budget Deal Is Expected To Pass In The House

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., walk to announce a tentative agreement Tuesday between Republican and Democratic negotiators on a government spending plan. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offered a path forward in the fiscal stalemate, but Tea Party hard-liners weren't impressed. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks as Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and moderator Martha Raddatz listen during the vice presidential debate at Centre College on Thursday in Danville, Ky. Michael Reynolds/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Biden, Ryan Engage In Spirited Vice Presidential Debate

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Tonight's faceoff between Vice President Joe Biden (right) and GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will likely be an important stage-setter for next week's second presidential debate. Jose Luis Magana/Thanassis Stavrakis/AP hide caption

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Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee, became a speech writer for the conservative Republican politician Jack Kemp after graduating from college in 1992. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, seen at a weekend rally in Powell, Ohio, is set to formally accept the GOP nomination to become Mitt Romney's running mate. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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