While GOP lawmakers are less than pleased with the $1.1 trillion spending bill, many are praising Speaker Paul Ryan for his handling of the bill and $680 billion in tax breaks, Politico
"In terms of the process, I can tell you I've had more meaningful conversations with the speaker and leadership in the last couple of weeks than I think I have in the last couple of years," said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
In the massive-funding bill, spending levels are billions of dollars more than what conservatives wanted and language addressing Syrian refugees and sanctity of life were left out of the package.
Yet, despite the objections to the package, many GOP lawmakers believe that the final product rests on former Speaker Boehner and Senate Democrats while Ryan "inherited the mess."
"The end product here is just cleaning the barn; it's a disaster," said Virginia Republican Dave Brat of the spending and tax deal. "We're breaking our pledge on the budget caps to the American people, we've lost fiscal discipline, and we're throwing it all on the next generation."
However, Brat applauded Ryan: "Not only is he saying the right things, he is lining it up to do the right things … and then leadership can't hijack the budget at the end of the year and throw the kitchen sink, which we just did."
Ryan, who according to Politico, has gained support because he's "credible on regular order" has already started the budget process for the beginning of 2016 — a move that has not been made in past years.
Although a Republican priority — lifting the four decade-old band on U.S. oil exports — was added to the omnibus, lawmakers like Rep. Tim Huelskamp and Rep. Matt Salmon are happy with the lift, but claim it's not enough to make them support the package.
"[It's a] very big deal for my district, but I didn't have a single call about it," Huelskamp said. "The calls are coming in about Syria. Calls are coming in about life issues. Calls are coming about everything else. Somebody on K Street wanted that, but Main Street didn't."
Other conservative issues with the omnibus include cybersecurity language — a last minute addition to the bill.
Politico reports Freedom Caucus members pushed for a series of provisions opposing abortion rights, however they weren't included, causing another conservative upset.
But, rather than blaming Ryan for the outcome of the spending bill, many conservatives have commended Ryan and see his efforts as a step in the right direction "to chart a new course in his nascent speakership."
"Paul made some pretty sustainable commitments about things we'll do next year: a major overhaul of our tax system, welfare reform, replacing Obamacare," said Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon. "These are major things. If we do those things and define clearly what we stand for, that's the best we can hope for."
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