The vote to pass the “cromnibus” spending bill in Congress confirms the one of the biggest political stories of 2014: Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are fully in charge in the House and will no longer allow Tea Party types to push them around.
Anti-Boehner Republicans tried to stop the bill because it did not defund Obamacare or cut off funding for Mr. Obama’s executive action on immigration. Roughly one quarter of House Republicans opposed the spending bill over these issues, but Boehner was able to narrowly pass the bill because 57 Democrats voted for it despite the opposition of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
This sets up a new power structure in the House; Pelosi is Democratic leader in name only, the real Democratic power will be Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who made the deal with Boehner to provide enough Democrats to pass the spending bill. In 2015, Boehner will negotiate with him on must-pass legislation.