The Note's Must-Reads for Friday, December 13, 2013

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News' Amanda VanAllen, Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza


ABC News' Jeff Zeleny: " Paul Ryan Says Presidential Ambitions Not Derailed By Budget Deal" Paul Ryan, the House Budget chairman and architect of the bipartisan budget deal, dismissed criticism from Tea Party groups and conservative activists who suggested his political ambitions would be tainted by the bill that passed the House on Thursday night by a wide majority. "People always say, 'Well this could hurt you with your future ambitions,'" Ryan told ABC News. "If I'm not good at this job, why should I ask somebody for another job?" LINK

The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman and Jeremy W. Peters: " House Passes Budget Pact And Military Abuse Protections, But Not Farm Bill" The House on Thursday approved a bipartisan budget accord and a Pentagon policy bill that would strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault. But as it wrapped up its business for the year, it left unfinished a major piece of domestic policy - the farm bill - making it likely that Congress will not deal with it until January. Republicans and Democrats hope the budget pact, which passed 332 to 94, will act as a truce in the spending battles that have paralyzed Congress for nearly three years, and leaders in both parties sought to marginalize hard-line conservatives opposed to any compromise. LINK

The Washington Post's Paul Kane and Ed O'Keefe: " Boehner Attacks Tea Party Groups As House Approves Budget Deal" After years of placating conservative groups that repeatedly undermined his agenda, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) took direct aim at some of his tea party critics Thursday, accusing them of working against the interests of the Republican Party. Calling the groups "misleading" and without "credibility," Boehner pointed to the string of bipartisan deals that passed the House on its last legislative day of 2013 as the sort of "common ground" that should provide a new path for congressional work. LINK

Bloomberg's Derek Wallbank: " Boehner Lashes Out At Anti-Spending Groups Fighting Deal" U.S. House Speaker John Boehner lashed out at groups that ally with Republicans on spending cuts for mounting a campaign against a budget agreement. "They're using our members, and they're using the American people for their own goals, this is ridiculous," Boehner said today at the Capitol as he backed the deal that would remove the risk of a government shutdown. "If you're for more deficit reduction, you're for this agreement." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Janet Hook: " House Passes Budget Agreement In 339-94 Vote" Lawmakers took a step away from the confrontational politics and brinkmanship that has roiled the economy in recent years, as the House on Thursday passed a budget bill designed to avoid a government shutdown next month and relax spending limits in the next two years. The bill passed with a wide bipartisan margin, on a vote of 332-94. Voting for the measure were 169 Republicans and 163 Democrats, while 62 Republicans and 32 Democrats voted against. LINK

USA Today's Susan Davis : " Budget Deal Wins Broad Bipartisan Support in House" The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved, 332-94, a two-year bipartisan budget framework Thursday that will eliminate the threat of a government shutdown and modestly reduce the deficit over the next decade. Nearly equal numbers of Republicans, 169, and Democrats, 163, supported the agreement. LINK

Politico's Jake Sherman: " House Passes Bipartisan Budget Deal" After a tumultuous and politically divisive year, the House ended 2013 on a rare bipartisan note by passing a budget deal supported by a nearly equal number of Republicans and Democrats. The chamber voted 332-94 to approve the two-year budget deal crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The legislation won the support of 169 Republicans and 163 Democrats. It now heads to the Senate, where it will likely pass next week. President Barack Obama signaled he would sign the bill into law. LINK

The Hill's Erik Wasson and Russell Berman: " House Approves Budget Deal, Handing Major Victory To Boehner" The House on Thursday approved a two-year budget deal that turns off $63 billion in sequester spending cuts, handing a major victory to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio.). Large majorities in both parties backed the bill in a 332-94 vote. The strong vote also represents a big win for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the Republican negotiator of the deal who has taken flack from the right in recent days. Ryan, a star in the party, said afterward he was surprised by how high the vote was. LINK

The Washington Times' Seth McLaughlin and Jacqueline Klimas: " House Votes For Bargain To End Budget Drama" Overcoming vocal opposition from both ends of the spectrum, the House of Representatives easily passed a bipartisan budget proposal that aims to prevent another government shutdown for the next two years, clearing the way for it to be approved by the Senate and quickly signed into law by President Obama. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " Bipartisan Budget Deal Creates Rift In GOP" LINK

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