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.
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.Skip to next paragraph
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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.”
“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 Politico.com. “I’ll be voting no, heck yeah.”