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Boehner dismisses conservatives' 'ridiculous' reactions to budget deal

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) walks to the House Chamber for a vote October 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. On the 16th day of a government shutdown, the House has passed a bill to reopen the government until January 15 and raise the nation's debt ceiling until February 7, 2014. Credit: Getty Images

Conservative commentators and advocacy groups -- including the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute -- have come out in opposition to the Ryan-Murray proposed budget deal. But on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner dismissed their critiques as self-serving and "ridiculous."

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Fox News reports:

The speaker was reacting to groups like FreedomWorks which have blasted the budget "deal" as a farce that jacks up spending in the short-term in exchange for promises of additional cuts years from now.

Boehner, trying to keep the complaints at bay long enough to win support for the plan in the House, lashed out at those organizations during a press conference Wednesday.

"They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous," he said. "Listen if you're for more deficit reduction, you're for this agreement."

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