Conservatives who oppose the spending package presented this week by Speaker Paul Ryan are willing to give their new boss a pass so far, even though the Democrat-friendly deal might have led to a revolt under his predecessor, John Boehner.
"I know Paul Ryan is more likely to get this through than if Boehner stayed around," Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told the Washington Examiner. "Because everyone is going to give him a little extra room to get over this first hump."
For conservatives, there is little to like in the $1.1 trillion package. It busts mandatory spending caps by $80 billion over two years, and excludes policy riders that were conservative priorities, including a halt to President Obama's Syrian refugee resettlement program and and end to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
The deal also raises the caps for H-2B visas, which will allow in more low-wage foreign workers much to the dismay of conservatives, who say the provision constitutes a major change to immigration law.