Ryan breaks from Boehner, votes 'no'

Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act GOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign MORE (R-Wis.) split with his party’s leadership and voted against the Senate fiscal agreement Wednesday night.

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In a statement, Ryan called the legislation to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling “a missed opportunity” to reduce the federal debt.

“To pay our bills today —- and to make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow -— we must make a down payment on the debt,” Ryan said. “Today’s legislation won’t help us reduce our fast-growing debt. In fact, it could extend the debt ceiling well into next year, further delaying any action. In my judgment, this isn’t a breakthrough. We’re just kicking the can down the road.”

Ryan worked closely with Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE (R-Ohio) to help craft the House GOP’s strategy during the government shutdown. As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan will serve on a conference committee with Senate Democrats that must report its budget plans by Dec. 13. But in voting against the debt limit bill, he broke with BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE and the entire senior GOP leadership team, who supported the Senate bill.

“I look forward to convening the first conference on a budget resolution since 2009,” Ryan said. “And though a budget resolution by itself can’t resolve our spending problem, I’m committed to making a bipartisan budget conference a success.”

His opposition was a reversal from January’s pivotal vote on "fiscal cliff" legislation, when Ryan stood with the Speaker against a majority of House Republicans, including Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorFake political signs target Democrat in Virginia Hillicon Valley: GOP leader wants Twitter CEO to testify on bias claims | Sinclair beefs up lobbying during merger fight | Facebook users experience brief outage | South Korea eyes new taxes on tech Sinclair hired GOP lobbyists after FCC cracked down on proposed Tribune merger MORE (R-Va.) and Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), by supporting the measure.

The debt-limit measure passed the House Wednesday despite opposition from a majority of Republicans. Eighty-seven Republicans voted yes, and 144 voted no.

Shortly after the House vote, Boehner announced four Republican appointees to the conference committee: Ryan, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Rep. Tom Price (Ga.) and Rep. Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackTrump’s endorsements cement power but come with risks The Hill's Morning Report — Trump optimistic about GOP’s midterm prospects as Republicans fret Women poised to take charge in Dem majority MORE (Tenn.). Price and Black also voted against the Senate bill.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ryan was asked whether he thought the budget conference committee could reach an agreement in spite of the deep ideological divide on fiscal issues between Republicans and Democrats.

"I just don’t know,” he replied.