Ryan Backs Budget Deal

AP LogoWASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans meet this afternoon to nominate a new House speaker — just hours before the full House is expected to approve a bipartisan agreement aimed at bringing a two-year budget truce.

The legislation settles fights over defense and domestic spending, and federal borrowing until early 2017.

And the Republican who’s expected to become speaker, Paul Ryan, says he will vote for the budget deal, despite the objections of conservatives and farm-state lawmakers.

Ryan says he’ll vote yes, even though he thinks the process that produced the measure “stinks.” He says he’s unhappy with the secretive, top-level process, and that he’ll operate differently as speaker.

Ryan today told House Republicans that as speaker, he doesn’t plan to be “calling all the shots” — according to one GOP lawmaker who was at this morning’s meeting.

Hardline conservatives have demanded that more power over legislation be transferred from House leaders to rank-and-file lawmakers.

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