WASHINGTON (AP) – New Speaker Paul Ryan promised a fresh start for the House.
But it’s looking like business as usual as lawmakers wrap up a year-end spending bill that pays for Planned Parenthood, the president’s health care law and other Obama administration priorities.
Last-stage negotiations are taking in private and at the highest levels, shutting out rank-and-file lawmakers and even committee chairmen.
And conservatives are far from threatening a coup and trying to oust Ryan like they did to former Speaker John Boehner are applauding.
How has Ryan managed to turn Boehner’s most avowed enemies into some of his top cheerleaders? By involving the dissidents, listening to them, respecting them and flattering them.