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Who won and who lost with the FY 2011 budget deal?

Most seem to think Speaker John Boehner did particularly well. He cut the FY 2011 budget a lot more than Democrats wanted, and he wrangled most of his rambunctious freshmen into order.

By Staff writer / April 9, 2011

Speaker of the House, Republican John Boehner of Ohio, enters with Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., right, to speak to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Perilously close to a midnight deadline, the White House and congressional leaders reached an agreement to cut billions of dollars in spending to avoid the first government shutdown in 15 years.

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Now that the dust is settling from Friday night’s Perils-of-Pauline budget deal averting a federal government shutdown, the posturing and punditry over “who won” is coming fast and thick.

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Within party ranks, the analysis is mostly predictable.

Republicans are rallying around Speaker John Boehner, who managed to wrangle his rambunctious caucus into some kind of order – especially the 87 tea party-fueled freshmen itching to whack huge chunks out of federal spending.

“We have…forced the Senate’s hand and will require them to take an up-or-down vote on repealing ObamaCare and on de-funding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions,” Rep. Jack Kingston (R) of Georgia said in a statement. “We have blocked the increased funding for the Internal Revenue Service and banned taxpayer funding of abortion in the District of Columbia. While this package isn’t a good year’s work, it certainly is a good day’s work.”

CBS News political analyst John Dickerson declared it “a big, big night” for Boehner.

“John Boehner got a lot of spending reductions that Republicans wanted, [and] moved Democrats much closer to where the Republican position was,” he said.

“Boehner achieved much of his substantive policy objectives, but he also gained a great deal of stature,” John Pitney, a political scientist at Claremont-McKenna College, told the Monitor’s Gail Russell Chaddock. “This was his battlefield commission – his first big confrontation as Speaker, and he came out well.”

Not everybody in the Republican caucus was happy.

“I appreciate the speaker’s effort. I just don’t like the final product,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R) of Ohio, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, told “I’ll be voting no, heck yeah.”


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