Whether the process was a success remains to be seen — the bill would also have to work its way through the Senate. The two chambers are expected to engage in a difficult conference committee to work out a compromise, and it is far from clear whether Boehner and Cantor will be able to sell their ideologically strident Conference on anything that falls short of their promised $100 billion in cuts to President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget request.
But for now, Boehner is pleased with his process.
“I’ve never believed anything otherwise,” he said. “I’m proud of this moment.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.