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Story 1: Black Bearded Paul Ryan (Open Borders Advocate) Plays Santa Claus Socialism — Stealing From Taxpayers Their Hard Earned Money — No Hope — No Change — The Political Elitist Establishment Disregarding The American People — Enforce Immigration Law — Illegal Aliens Go Home or Face Deportation — Rubio Voted For Amnesty and Cruz Voted Against Amnesty (Gang of  8 Bill Was Defeated in The House — American People Oppose Citizenship, Amnesty, A Pathway To Citizenship and Legalization For All 30-50 Million Illegal Aliens in United States — Neither Marco Rubio Nor Hillary Clinton Can Be Trusted! — Videos
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Speaker Ryan: ‘In Divided Government, No One Gets Exactly What They Want’

Published on Dec 16, 2015

“In divided government, no one gets exactly what they want,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told a news conference on Wednesday. “But this week, we have completed two bipartisan agreements that advance Republican priorities.” (But not conservative priorities.) One of those conservative priorities — defunding Planned Parenthood — is not among the riders included in the giant appropriations bill, but Ryan said Republicans “are maintaining all of our pro-life protections, including the Hyde amendments; and we are making cuts to the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) program.” Ryan on Wednesday discussed some of the policy riders that did make it into the final draft of the omnibus bill that will come up for a vote on Friday. “We are lifting the government’s 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. This is a big win for American jobs and our energy industry. It’s a big win for our manufacturers and for our foreign policy. “We are increasing military spending. We are tightening security requirements under the nation’s visa waiver program. We are permanently authorizing the critical health care benefits for our 911 first responders in a very fiscally responsible way.

“We are preventing a taxpayer bailout of Obamacare’s risk corridors program. (The program compensates health insurers that sign up sicker-than-expected patients and incur high costs.) “We are freezing most IRS operations and stopping the IRS from suppressing civic participation in 501(c)(4) organizations. (We have found that the IRS meddles in the political affairs of people. They turned the IRS into a political weapon in 2012, and we’re not goin to let them turn the IRS into a political weapon again,” Ryan explained later.) “We are maintaining all of our pro-life protections, including the Hyde Amendments; and we are making cuts to the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) program. “In addition to all of that, we are ending Washington’s days of extending tax policies one year at a time.” Ryan said that “certainty in the tax code” will create more jobs. “I think this is one of the biggest steps toward a rewrite of our tax code that we’ve made in many years, and will help us start a pro-growth, bold tax reform agenda in 2016.”

Ryan made it clear he “inherited” the omnibus appropriations process,” and he “played the cards that we were dealt…as best as we possibly good.” He said he looks forward to returning Congress to “regular order,” which means doing appropriations bills one at a time in committee. “That is what 2016 is going to be about.” Ryan called the omnibus bill a “bipartisan compromise,” and he said he expects bipartisan votes on both the spending bill and the tax extender bill later this week. “I have no reason to believe we’re going to have a (government) shutdown,” Ryan said. A news release from Ryan’s office explains the riders in greater detail, as follows: (More at:)

Sessions: Omnibus Explains Why ‘Voters Are In Open Rebellion’

In the dead of night after 2am this morning, Congressional leadership unveiled a more than 2,000 page ‘omnibus’ year-end funding bill which would, among other things: fully-fund the President’s refugee expansion; fully-fund sanctuary cities; fully-fund the resettlement of illegal aliens youth and their families crossing the border; lock-in tax credits for illegal aliens; and quadruple the highly controversial H-2B foreign worker visa being used to replace Americans as truck drivers, construction workers, theme park employees, and in blue collar jobs across the nation.

Sessions, the Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, issued a statement about the bill as it speeds to a vote before it can be read, observing in part that GOP voters: “have come to believe that their party’s elites are not only uninterested in defending their interests but – as with this legislation, and fast-tracking the President’s international trade pact – openly hostile to them.” On the floor today, Sessions further reminded his colleagues that their duty is the American people – not special interests, immigration advocacy groups, or lobbyists for narrow business concerns.

Sessions observed that – as the omnibus paves the way for a huge immigration increase beyond today’s record-breaking highs – that more than 8 in 10 American voters want the level of immigration in American frozen or cut, and yet the GOP-led Congress is about to surge it even higher.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau – even without these increases – immigration will add the population equivalent of 1 new Los Angeles to the country each 3 years.

The U.S. has admitted 59 million immigrants since 1965. As historical context, after the numerically-smaller 1880-1920 immigration wave, future immigration was reduced to promote wage growth for US-born and immigrant workers: there was zero net growth in the foreign-born population over the course of the next half-century (in fact, it declined markedly). Now, after five decades of unprecedented immigration, the U.S. is on path to add another five decades of unprecedented immigration on top of that – setting new all-time records every single decade to come.

Omnibus Timeline Slips Past Monday

Donald Trump: Ban all Muslims from entering USA

Paul Ryan condemns Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims

FULL | Donald Trump Interview With Bill O’Reilly – Post 5th CNN GOP Debate Dec.16th ’15 (VIDEO)

Donald Trump: Where does this hatred come from?

On Fox News, Ted Cruz 2015 Clashes With Ted Cruz 2013 On Immigration

Rubio, Cruz have fierce exchange over immigration policies at CNN debate

Ted Cruz: “I Think The Gang of Eight Bill Was a Bad Bill”

Sen. Ted Cruz Speaks on the Senate Floor in Opposition to the Gang of Eight’s Immigration Bill

Senator Says ‘Gang of Eight’ Immigration Plan Could Legalize 30 Million

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) tells Andrea Tantaros that the Gang of Eight’s immigration is far more sweeping than it has been advertised. He says it could legalize 30 million people, which is more than currently live in the entire state of Texas.

Schumer: Our Bill Has Legalization First, ‘Then We’ll Make Sure Border Is Secure’

Schumer says Rubio ‘molded’ pathway to citizenship bill, predicts Senate takeover

Published on Nov 6, 2015

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio can run away from immigration legislation as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination, but Sen. Chuck Schumer says he can’t hide from it.

As he has risen in the polls, Rubio has methodically sought to distance himself from the comprehensive immigration bill he coauthored more than two years ago. But Schumer, the veteran New York Democrat, is dragging him back into the fray, shining a spotlight on one of the 44-year-old’s biggest vulnerabilities with the right as top Democrats seek to undermine the GOP senator’s surging candidacy.

“He was not only totally committed — he was in that room with us, four Democrats, four Republicans,” Schumer told CNN Thursday in an interview in his Senate office. “His fingerprints are all over that bill. It has a lot of Rubio imprints.”

Schumer, the next Senate Democratic leader, painstakingly hashed out the immigration deal with Rubio and has previously avoided lashing out at the Florida Republican publicly. But as the presidential race heats up, Schumer is unloading the new line of criticism, saying Rubio was the main architect of the provision to provide a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, something bound to give ammunition to his primary foes who call the measure “amnesty.”

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Marco Rubio, Seldon Adelson

 

Are Republicans Having a Latino Moment?

“The Gang”

George Soros, Puppet Master

Marco Rubio Takes on Donald Trump

Soros – ‘Murdoch the Real Puppet Master’

Rupert Murdoch is the real “puppet master”, according to legendary investor George Soros, who appeared on CNN to answer criticism aired on Murdoch’s Fox News.

The billionaire answered Fox broadcaster Glenn Beck’s attack on him: “I would be amused if people saw the joke in it — because what he is doing, he is projecting what Fox, what Rupert Murdoch, is doing,” Soros said of a Beck allegation that he is the “puppet master” of a media empire. Murdoch “has a media empire that is telling the people some falsehoods and leading the government in the wrong direction”, he said.

“By accusing me of doing that, it… makes it rather hard to see that he is working for the man that is doing it,” he said of Mr Beck.

Rupert Murdoch On Why He Supports Immigration Reform

Rupert Murdoch advocates for immigration reform

Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch on solving immigration reform

Carlos Gutierrez and Rupert Murdoch on Immigration Reform

Rupert Murdoch – Battle With Britain (2013/04/28)

Obama’s Secret Bypass Of The U S Government On Illegal Immigration

Published on Nov 4, 2015

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is attributing the source of the soft invasion of European cultural devastation to billionaire George Soros and his circle of activists. Bloomberg reports Soros fired back. Claiming Prime Minister Orban “….treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle,” he said in the statement. “Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.”

Back in the United States, President Obama, a key member of Soros’ activist circle has been quietly pursuing a four option plan to allow work permits to illegals. Regardless of the Fifth circuit court of Appeals injunction in order to review the constitutionality of Obama’s DHS enforcement nullification Initiatives. These plans to issue work permits to DAPA and Expanded DACA programs were challenged by 26 states and frozen by Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen. But that isn’t stopping a President hell bent on awarding 12 million people that have violated our immigration laws and introduced waves of criminal activity to the United States on par with the skyrocketing crime laden hidden hell pit in Europe. A carefully executed media biased sovereign shocking ocean of non naturalized immigrants with zero knowledge of the laws and culture of the new lands they are now inhabiting. Demanding to be met with the promise of a new life that doesn’t exist.

The cloward piven strategy to break the back of the welfare system forcing a New World Order led socialist regime offering a guaranteed annual income is accelerating. 2016 is shaping up to be the year President Obama completely takes the gloves off, destroying the sovereignty and ignoring the checks and balances of our government with impunity. While his European counterparts lead the way.

 

Immigration by the Numbers — Off the Charts

How Many Illegal Aliens Are in the US? – Walsh – 2

How Many Illegal Aliens Are in the United States? Presentation by James H. Walsh, Associate General Counsel of the former INS – part 2.

Census Bureau estimates of the number of illegals in the U.S. are suspect and may represent significant undercounts. The studies presented by these authors show that the numbers of illegal aliens in the U.S. could range from 20 to 38 million.

On October 3, 2007, a press conference and panel discussion was hosted by Californians for Population Stabilization (http://www.CAPSweb.org) and The Social Contract (http://www.TheSocialContract.com) to discuss alternative methodologies for estimating the true numbers of illegal aliens residing in the United States.

This is a presentation of five panelists presenting at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. on October 3, 2007. The presentations are broken into a series of video segments:

Wayne Lutton, Introduction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5KHQR…

Diana Hull, part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6WvFW…

Diana Hull, part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYuRNY…

James H Walsh, part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB0RkV…

James H. Walsh, part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbmdun…

Phil Romero: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_ohvJ…

Fred Elbel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNTJGf…

Immigration fuels Cruz-Rubio Republican clash

More than any other issue, immigration is driving the rivalry between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, presidential rivals focusing on the divisive topic in their closing messages to Republican voters before the sprint to the Iowa caucuses.

Cruz, a Texas senator and tea party firebrand, sees Rubio’s support for a more forgiving immigration policy as his greatest vulnerability among conservatives who overwhelmingly oppose a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. Rubio, a Florida senator, sees Cruz’s shifting rhetoric on immigration as a prime example of a larger pattern of political pandering.

Indeed, among the Republican Party’s two Hispanic presidential hopefuls, few issues offer a clearer contrast in tone, if not policy. Their competing strategies played out in early voting states on Thursday as the freshman senators pushed to separate themselves from the crowded GOP field six weeks before the first primary votes are cast.

“He’s going to have a hard time because he’s not told the truth about his position in the past on legalization,” Rubio said of Cruz while campaigning in Iowa. “It’s not an attack. It’s a fact.”

“That is utter nonsense,” Cruz said of Rubio’s charge while talking to reporters in Las Vegas. He declined to say what he would do with the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, but accused Rubio of joining with Democrats to support “amnesty.”

Cruz was referencing Rubio’s leading role in a bipartisan group of senators who crafted an immigration reform package in 2013 that aimed to strengthen border security, overhaul legal immigration and allow a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. The Senate approved the bill, but it was blocked by House Republicans and widely attacked by conservatives.

Once the bill’s leading salesman, Rubio distanced himself from his own plan as the presidential contest neared, suggesting it was a mistake to push for comprehensive legislation. He’s now calling for a piecemeal approach that begins with border security and offers a pathway to legalization only after the influx of illegal immigration is stopped.

In Iowa and elsewhere, Rubio’s support for legalization still lingers in the minds of many conservatives.

“I think he might be a little weak there,” said Muscatine resident Jim Simmons, 49, who’s still deciding between Rubio and Cruz.

Often playing defense on immigration, the Florida senator shifted to offense this week by going after Cruz’s evolving rhetoric.

Rubio, who previously emphasized criticism of Cruz’s national security positions, said his rival’s repeated attacks on immigration left him little choice but to examine the Texan’s record on the issue.

“I was attacked by Ted Cruz on the debate stage and I responded by saying I’m puzzled by his attacks on this,” Rubio said, accusing Cruz of using “crafty language.” ”He’s the one that, for example, supports doubling the number of green cards. He’s the one that supports a 500-percent increase in guest workers into the United States, and he’s the one that supported legalization and legalizing people that are in the country illegally.”

Cruz insisted that’s not the case during Tuesday’s debate, and did so again Thursday night during a campaign stop in Minnesota.

“I oppose amnesty. I oppose citizenship. I oppose legalization for those here illegally. I have always opposed amnesty, citizenship or legalization,” Cruz said. “And I will always oppose amnesty, citizenship or legalization and I encourage Sen. Rubio or any other candidate running to make that same statement, to be clear where they stand.”

Cruz has previously supported broadening legal immigration in some cases. And as part of the immigration reform debate in 2013, Cruz introduced legislation that proposed eventual legal status for millions.

His bill, an amendment to Senate immigration legislation, proposed stripping out the option of citizenship. Instead, he told the Senate in June 2013, his amendment would set up a process so that “those who are here illegally would be eligible for what is called RPI (Registered Provisional Immigrant) status, a legal status, and, indeed, in time would be eligible for legal permanent residency.”

While Cruz has defended that course on multiple occasions in the Senate and in interviews, on Thursday he said he was simply calling his opponents’ bluff.

“By calling their bluff, we defeated amnesty. We beat it,” Cruz said.

For all of the debate over immigration this week, some Republicans — and a majority of all voters — support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, according to a new AP-GfK poll.

The survey found that 4 in 10 conservative Republicans and 3 in 10 tea party Republicans favor a path to citizenship. That’s compared to 54 percent of all Americans who support a way for immigrants who are already in the country illegally to become citizens, while 44 percent are opposed. More than 7 in 10 Democrats are in favor.

It’s not a debate among the nation’s surging Hispanic population: About three-quarters support a pathway to citizenship.

Voters at a Cruz rally in Las Vegas rally on Thursday felt differently.

Cruz supporter and Las Vegas resident Bob Jacobsen, 85, linked illegal immigration to terrorism, noting that he and his son bought guns for the first time two days earlier to protect their family from violent extremists.

“We have so many illegals,” said Jacobsen, suggesting there has to be a better solution “than us arming ourselves.”

http://news.yahoo.com/immigration-fuels-cruz-rubio-republican-clash-221800882–election.html

Budget deal increases federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars

Having reached a deal on a nearly $2 trillion deal to keep the government open, President Obama and congressional leaders tried to build support Wednesday for the massive bill, which hikes spending across government, thrilling Democrats, and extends a host of special interest tax breaks, exciting Republicans.

Racehorses and NASCAR racetracks, school teachers and college students, green energy companies and the big oil giants all made out well in the deal, reached overnight after weeks of negotiations. The chief loser, meanwhile, is the federal deficit, which grows by hundreds of billions of dollars under the terms of the tax deal.

Mr. Obama gloated over the agreement, saying he got nearly everything he wanted and gave up very little, only ceding ground in allowing two Obamacare taxes to be postponed and agreeing to lift the decades-old ban on exporting crude oil.


SEE ALSO: White House declares total victory over GOP in budget battle


Republicans, meanwhile, said they were in too weak of a position to prevail over Mr. Obama on a giant list of grievances, including trying to reel in his expansive use of executive power, his new rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions and his plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. this year.

“We’ve played the cards we were dealt as best as we could,” newly minted House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, told reporters Wednesday morning in explaining why he wasn’t able to win any of those changes.

Instead, Mr. Ryan said Republicans should be happy with the end of the oil export ban and with extending the dozens of tax breaks, predicting they would both spur new jobs and help keep the economy on track.

But many Republicans were not convinced, saying the deal deepens deficits and unravels the budget gains the GOP won during the previous four years without winning any of the restrictions they wanted to impose on Mr. Obama.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, said the measure was a “betrayal” of the trust conservative voters put in GOP leaders by giving them power last year. He said Congress should have at least reined in Mr. Obama’s refugee plans.

“There is a reason that GOP voters are in open rebellion,” Mr. Sessions said.

The new deal combines two big bills — an agreement to extend dozens of popular special tax breaks, totaling some $680 billion in lost revenue, and a full-year spending bill, which spends $1.149 trillion on basic government operations in fiscal year 2016, which ends Sept. 30.

The House will vote on the tax provisions Thursday and the spending provisions Friday, sending them as a joint package to the Senate for a final vote and an eventual presidential signature.

“We feel good about the outcome. We succeeded,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

Even on one of the few setbacks for President Obama — the lifting of a ban on U.S. crude oil exports — Mr. Earnest said the loss was not particularly troubling because the U.S. already exports 4.3 million barrels of refined petroleum per day and another 500,000 barrels of crude oil via waivers of the ban. And in exchange for that loss, the spokesman said Democrats won the biggest spending hike in history on renewable energy.

Mr. Earnest praised Mr. Ryan, saying he made a “good faith effort” to work with the president. But the spokesman also said Mr. Ryan and his Senate counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, were rightly afraid of being blamed for gridlock.

“Look, the other undeniable factor here is that Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan didn’t want to preside over a government shutdown,” Mr. Earnest said.

The spending bill spans 2,009 pages, which works out to an average of nearly $572 million per page.

“I don’t think any of us are going to know what’s truly in it by the time it comes up [for a vote] Friday,” Rep. James P. McGovern, Massachusetts Democrat, chided his colleagues. He said those on both sides of the aisle are going to have to cast votes based on the statements of their leaders — putting them all in a tricky position.

Republicans managed to settle a few scores in the new massive spending bill, including blocking the IRS and the Securities and Exchange Commission from writing new campaign finance rules and demanding the State Department clean up its act after former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s unique email arrangement. They also cut several million dollars from the American contribution to the U.N. Population Fund, which has been a target of pro-life conservatives for years.

But the bill keeps most of the president’s priorities intact, and even boosts funding for them. After years of cuts, the IRS gets an additional $290 million next year.

The bill also spends $750 million in Central America, particularly on Mr. Obama’s strategy of trying to boost the economies and governments of the region, hoping it will stem some of the surge of illegal immigrant children who’ve jumped the border in recent years. It’s less than Mr. Obama sought, but does amount to at least somewhat of a congressional imprimatur of his plans.

The spending bill is months overdue, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle vowed to try to do better next year — both in acting sooner and in trying to pass the dozen individual spending bills that are supposed to fund basic operations.

That process broke down this year when Senate Democrats gummed up the works in their chamber and an internal GOP dispute halted work in the House. It took a last-minute budget deal in October, which broke the 2011 debt deal and boosted spending on both domestic and defense priorities, to break the logjam and set the stage for this week’s final action.

The 233-page tax breaks bill, meanwhile, contains breaks for NASCARracetrack owners, teachers who pay classroom costs out of pocket, college students paying tuition or fees, wealthy Americans who want to bequeath part of their money to charities and dozens of other special interests.

Also included is a permanent extension of the research and development tax credit, created by Congress in the early 1980s as a temporary boost to the slumping economy. It’s been extended 16 different times, but the new bill writes it into the tax code for good.

Congress is also delaying two key taxes designed to pay for Obamacare’s generous new benefits, upsetting the careful economics underpinning that law and deepening deficits even more.

Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the budget watchdog Concord Coalition, said the decisions amounted to “fiscal lunacy,” saying Congress spent all year tightening its belt only to blow down the doors in the final days.

Extending the tax breaks also contradicts the calls from presidential candidates in both parties, who have promised on the campaign trail to eliminate these kinds of loopholes and use the savings to lower rates.

But Republicans said that by setting these tax breaks out of bounds, they have narrowed the conversation next year and made it easier to get a big deal done.

“By passing this bill now, Congress will have the freedom in the new year to move forward with comprehensive tax reform that grows our economy,” House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, Congress’s top tax-writer, said.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/dec/16/budget-deal-increases-federal-deficit-by-hundreds-/

 

The Paul Ryan Compromise

The new speaker’s first big deal is just like all of the ones that infuriated conservatives under Boehner.

hen Paul Ryan was handed the speaker’s gavel in late October, he pledged to restore normal order to the People’s House and eliminate the sort of backroom deals that rank-and-file members complain are shoved down their throats at the 11th hour. So, late Tuesday night, Ryan unveiled a few thousand pages of consequential tax, spending, and regulatory legislation costing roughly $2 trillion and gave Congress and the public two whole days to review everything.

To be fair to Ryan, the buzzer-beating legislating has more to do with the workload and deadlines John Boehner left him than anything he did wrong. The agreement Ryan reached with fellow congressional negotiators also looks much like one Boehner would have reached: Each side scores some points, but Republican congressional majorities again will fail to deliver a high-profile, base-pumping, ideological victory over some nefarious aspect of the “Obama agenda” on which conservatives had drawn a red line. Will this land Ryan in the same hot water that eventually cooked Boehner? He’ll get a pass, for now.

The two towering paper stacks are the 2016 omnibus appropriations package, which funds the government through next September, and a “tax-extenders” bill that, well, extends (and in many cases makes permanent) a bunch of tax breaks that were set to expire. Though they will be voted on separately, they were negotiated together. The omnibus is more favorable to Democrats, and the tax extenders are more favorable to Republicans.

Considered as a whole, an overriding theme is that everyone gets a lot of money but neither side hammers home that big-ticket ideological victory. In other words, it’s a compromise, something Democrats usually accept as part of the process while Republicans scream bloody murder.

Republicans’ major “get” in the omnibus is a lift on the longtime ban of crude oil exports. That’s a big deal. But since it’s such a big deal, Democrats dangled it to win all sorts of other concessions of their own (even if these were mainly concessions to the status quo). In terms of energy and the environment, Democrats won multiyear extensions of critical tax credits for solar and wind energy production. They successfully nixed a rider that would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “waters of the United States” rule that would expand its jurisdiction against polluters under the Clean Water Act. Riders blocking proposed regulations of power plants were cut out. The U.S. government’s contributions to the international Green Climate Fund will continue, a crucial component of the Paris climate agreement.

Somehow the financial services industry, which owns the United States Congress,came up on the losing end too. A provision that would designate fewer financial institutions as “systemically important” (and thus subject to greater oversight under Dodd-Frank) was dropped. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will maintain its independence from congressional appropriations—i.e., Republicans who want to defund it. Another rider that would have blocked a proposed Labor Department rule better aligning financial advisers with their clients’ interests was cut.

The Zadroga Act, a health care and compensation fund for 9/11 first responders and nearby workers, will be reauthorized until 2090, a hilarious year to settle on but one that effectively means permanent. Jon Stewart is an effective lobbyist.

Conservatives also lost on their most well-publicized demands that have dominated cable news.Language restricting Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement, defunding Planned Parenthood, or blocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration will not be included. (The Senate will, however, take up the stand-alone Syrian and Iraqi refugee bill that passed the House with a veto-proof majority. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has said that it will not fare nearly as well there.) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s annual chip-away at campaign finance regulations, which this year would have blown up the McCain-Feingold fundraising coordination caps between parties and campaigns, did not make it through. (This was an interesting fight, in which Democrats joined up with Tea Party conservatives who don’t want to enhance the power of party committees.)

Meanwhile, over in tax-extenders land, Republicans made all sorts of business tax breaks permanent without any new way to pay for them, so, hooray! This roughly $600 billion package of treats includes permanent extensions of the research-and-development tax credit and other depreciation credits. Democrats got extensions of certain tax credits from the 2009 stimulus. Both got to chip away at funding for the Affordable Care Act, by delaying implementation of the so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost health plans (this one was technically tacked onto the omnibus, not the tax package) and the medical device tax. This half of the deal will be a big, fat budget-buster, and it will pass with mostly Republican votes.

Both packages, and the way in which they were negotiated, look … an awful lot like the packages that Boehner would have negotiated and the way in which he would have negotiated them. Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus, who have said at various points that they would not vote for a spending bill that funded either Planned Parenthood or Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement, are sticking to their word. Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, does not expect his group to support to omnibus and doesn’t even expect that many rank-and-file Republicans to support it either. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, among the more vocal Freedom Caucus members, also predicted that a majority of Republicans would vote against the $1.1 trillion appropriations package that he’s calling the “Boehner legacy bill.”

In other words, Ryan will have to pass the omnibus with the same organic governing coalition of mostly Democrats and some Republicans that Boehner himself used to pass most necessary legislation. That’s a violation of the so-called Hastert rule in which a speaker has pledged to only call up legislation that has support of a majority of the majority party. Ryan assured conservatives that he would abide by this rule if they supported his bid. On his first big funding bill, Ryan will just … not follow the rule that he said he would follow.

That’s great news for America but might be awful news for Ryan in the long run. He’ll get a pass for a number of reasons this time: He’s finishing a process Boehner initiated; he’s offering Republicans a mammoth tax-break package in exchange; and most importantly, Freedom Caucus members would embarrass themselves if they started talking about how Paul Ryan is a failure and must be overthrown this early in his tenure. Perhaps his fetching new manly man-beard also played some sort of hypnotic role on the House Republican Conference.

This appropriations package will expire near the end of the 2016 election, so Congress may pass a continuing resolution then to kick the major political fights past the campaign. Ryan’s next real tests on must-pass legislation should come when there’s a new president. Until then, he can enjoy the honeymoon.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/12/paul_ryan_s_first_deal_is_just_like_john_boehner_s_old_ones.html

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