December 11, 2013, 12:15 pm
By Erik Wasson and Russell Berman
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) won positive reviews from skeptical House Republicans on Wednesday morning for the budget deal he negotiated with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), as senior lawmakers predicted a strong vote as early as Thursday.
While some conservatives criticized the deal, lawmakers said there was little sign of the kind of revolt that has derailed Republican fiscal plans in the past. The House is likely to vote on the plan Thursday, and because party leaders expect significant support from Democrats, they are not sweating defections from the right flank.
“We feel very good about where we are with our members,” Ryan told reporters after pitching his plan to lawmakers in a private party meeting. Continue reading “Ryan deal gets positive review at closed-door GOP conference”