(CNN) - The chairman of the House Democratic caucus isn't sold on the bipartisan budget compromise, demanding an extension of unemployment insurance be included in the deal.
Rep. Xavier Becerra of California said Wednesday - a day after Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray reached a fiscal agreement that would help avoid another government shutdown - that House Democrats "have not caved" and will continue to push to pass the extension.
"It has to include employment insurance," he told Crossfire co-hosts S.E. Cupp and Van Jones. "Help those who are trying to find their jobs who are not employed, looking for their job."
On December 28, unemployment benefits will expire for 1.3 million workers. In order for them to continue, lawmakers must extend the recession-era program by the end of the month.
"If we (Democrats) are going to have to vote for this thing and make it pass - be the people who help pass it - then we should be able to help Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own."
The budget deal agreed to by committee leaders just days before the House recesses for the holidays would set spending levels, reduce the deficit, and relieve some of the arbitrary, forced spending cuts known as sequestration.
Before a deal was reached, some Democrats indicated an extension of unemployment insurance would not be a sticking point in budget negotiations, pointing to other avenues, like the still-pending farm bill, to get them renewed.