House Speaker John Boehner (R, OH-8) is on his way out the door with nothing to lose, so he negotiated a budget deal with the Democratic leadership and sent it to the House floor, where it was approved by 187 Democrats and 79 Republicans. It seems likely to pass the Senate and get inked by the president, giving Paul Ryan (R, WI-1), the likely incoming Speaker, two years of budget breathing room. Mr. Ryan publicly grumbled about the deal, to appease the bomb-throwers of the GOP Freedom Caucus, but he voted for it, since his staff helped write it. In any case, John Boehner has given Mr. Ryan a wonderful parting gift.
“Boehner’s Swan Song: An End to the Fiscal Cliffs,” Jay Newton-Small, TIME
“Fresh starts as GOP taps new speaker, approves budget deal,” Erica Werner, AP via Washington Post
“John Boehner reshaped House, speakership with earmarks ban, new rules,” Stephen Dinan, Washington Times
“Boehner Reflects on Leaving ‘Lonely’ Job as US House Speaker,” Reuters via VOA News
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