Ahead of Budget Vote, GOP Leaders Relaxed and Confident

Speaker John Boehner and his top lieutenants are so confident they will be able to pass a 2016 budget resolution on Wednesday that they’re not even huddling with rank-and-file Republicans before the vote. On Tuesday, GOP Conference Chairman, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodger said,
“We’re hopeful that things are on track and that we have the votes for the budget. We think we’re in a good place.” The House is scheduled to vote on a series of budget proposals Wednesday afternoon, and top lawmakers expect a modified version of the Budget Committee’s spending blueprint to be approved by the chamber. The likely winner — called “Price 2” after Budget Chairman Tom Price of Georgia — adds $20 billion in military funding demanded by defense hawks. Fiscal conservatives have not revolted, mostly because passing a budget would allow for negotiations with the Senate over a so-called reconciliation package.