House Speaker Paul Ryan is dismissing conservative criticism of the $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress passed on Friday, saying that Republican leaders “fought for as much as we could get” in the compromise legislation. “We advanced our priorities and principles. Not every single one of them, but many of them. And then we’re going to pick up next year and pick up where we left off and keep going for more.” The deal, which keeps government agencies funded through next fall, cuts taxes and lifts the ban on crude oil exports, received the votes of 150 Republicans in the House, a level of support seldom seen by Ryan’s predecessor, John Boehner. Conservative media personalities like Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham blasted the deal, saying that Ryan failed to leverage the must-pass spending bill to nix funding for Planned Parenthood or limit the entry of Syrian refugees.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.