House Passes $80 Billion Bipartisan Budget
It was a busy day. GOP leaders got some significant help from Democratic lawmakers to pass a two-year budget over objections from more hardline conservatives. The deal, a parting victory for John Boehner, should easily pass the Senate and raises spending limits for both domestic and military programs avoiding debt defaults or government shutdowns until President Obama is out of office. The vote comes on the same day Republicans nominated Paul Ryan for House Speaker. The Wisconsin policy wonk said he objected to the budget deal process but voted for it anyway, calling it a way to move forward.