GOP leaders appeared to be very close to locking in the budget vote as of Wednesday evening.
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House Republican leaders expressed confidence on the eve of Thursday’s vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget, even as they made last-minute moves to prevent an embarrassing defeat.

“I feel comfortable about where the budget is,” GOP Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (Ill.) said. “I think the budget is going out of here like a freight train.”

Republicans can afford no more than 17 defections on the budget vote, given the near certainty that all Democrats will vote against it. The math gives Roskam and other party leaders little room for error.

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