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Speaker John Boehner commits House GOP to a 10-year balanced budget plan!/LukeRussert/status/293837579063808000

Short Boehner to GOP Conf: “Vote for 3 month ext tomorrow & I’ll move new Ryan Budget that balances in 10yrs makes deeper cuts than ’12”

— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) January 22, 2013

So, what’s Rep. Paul Ryan been up to lately, aside from being booed at the president’s inauguration ceremony? The inaugural parties are still going on, but the House got back to work today, with Ryan presenting the case for a short-term debt ceiling extension to members of the Republican Study Committee. National Review Online’s Robert Costa tweeted an overview of the House GOP’s meeting today. Ryan and Speaker John Boehner had worked together to pitch the ill-fated “Plan B,” which was pulled from the floor when Boehner couldn’t rally support among the GOP.

Leadership has learned lessons since plan B. Much more of a rollout, behind-scenes strategy on debt limit. Not rushed, gave Ryan real role

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 22, 2013

At a conference meeting this afternoon, Speaker John Boehner committed the House GOP to a new project: balancing the budget in 10 years.

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 22, 2013

Boehner’s commitment to a 10-year balanced budget is a move to the right, shores up his support among RSC types.

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 22, 2013

Boehner’s willingness to articulate his support of 10-year balance plan signals that conservatives are shaping the inner House debate

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 22, 2013

I hear Paul Ryan is working on crafting the 10-year window for his upcoming budget, but I don’t have many details beyond Ryan’s ldshp role

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 22, 2013

So Boehner gets a debt-limit extension (1 less headache) for 3 months, and conservatives get Boehner to agree to 10-year balance. #politics

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 22, 2013

What we’ve seen so far: Right flank kills B, gets 10 yr balance, coup attmpt. Boehner ends closed-door huddles w/ prez, gets 3 month extsn

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 22, 2013

To be clear, I don’t think Boehner was ever opposed to 10 year balance idea, but he wanted to let Ryan work with Right to lead on that

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 22, 2013

Conservatives may cheer this news tidbit about 10 year balance. Win inside of conf. But with Dem pres and Dem Senate, remote possibility

— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) January 22, 2013

According to Boehner, the sequester cuts will go into effect in March unless Congress manages to find cuts elsewhere, which should lead to an interesting couple of months.

Boehner to GOPers: The sequester will be in place unless and until we get spending cuts and reforms to replace it.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 22, 2013

Conservative Rs say they’ll accept ending sequester as long as total discretionary spending goes down to same level, $974 billion this yr

— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) January 22, 2013

@jakesherman Holy Cow! Laying out the Sequester Replacers in Detail could put 2014 Midterms into ‘Make Popcorn – It’ll Be Fun Show’ status.

— Richard W (@ilovaussiesheps) January 22, 2013

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) had some words for his colleagues in the Senate.

If you don’t have an agenda, you become defined by crisis. It’s been 1364 days since Dem-led Senate passed a budget. We must #CutSpendingNow

— Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) January 22, 2013

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