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Ryan breaks from Boehner, votes 'no'

Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanZaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power The Hill's 12:30 Report - Senators back in session after late-night hold-up 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 BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists 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 BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists 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 CantorBottom line Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' 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 BlackBottom line Overnight Health Care: Anti-abortion Democrats take heat from party | More states sue Purdue over opioid epidemic | 1 in 4 in poll say high costs led them to skip medical care Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee 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.