“The deal hit a snag Tuesday night after many Republicans raised questions about whether the $80 billion in spending increases in the legislation would be fully offset by spending cuts and other revenue. Conservatives continued to fight the bill throughout the night, including attempting to kill the bill in a late-night hearing of the House Rules Committee. But Republican leaders worked out last-minute fixes that cleared the way for a Wednesday vote.Some Republicans raised concerns that the bill only includes about $75.7 billion in spending cuts, according to the Congressional Budget Office, about $4 billion short of the $80 billion in spending increases.Congressional leaders amended the deal late Tuesday to resolve the discrepancy. Boehner spokeswoman Emily Schillinger said the amendment included a ‘technical fix’ to off-budget money, known as the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, that was used to help offset some spending.”
BUDGET DEAL COULD SMOOTH THE PATH FOR RYAN. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) may say he doesn’t like the budget agreement, but it could definitely make his life a lot easier if he is elected speaker. The Post has more:
“… The most closely watched player on Capitol Hill on Tuesday was Ryan, who walked a fine line between appeasing the conservative lawmakers he will routinely have to corral in his new job and endorsing the budget legislation, which those conservatives oppose.He did so by making a distinction between the substance of the deal and the way in which it was struck: “I think this process stinks,” Ryan told reporters Tuesday. “Under new management, we are not going to run the House this way.”That message appears calibrated to avoid alienating GOP lawmakers who have pressed for a more bottom-up approach to House management. But Ryan also steered clear of the deal’s specifics, which are deeply unsettling to House conservatives and largely similar to the provisions of a deal Ryan struck two years ago with Obama and Senate Democrats.”
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TAX PLAN TRACKER. The Republican presidential candidates will meet tonight for yet another debate and the folks at the Tax Policy Center have a new tool to keep track of all of their tax plans.