Paul D. Ryan isn’t even House speaker yet, but conservative grass-roots activists say he can't hide while his predecessor moves a budget and debt-limit deal they despise. Their message: Ryan must lead — now.
Outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, in setting the stage for Ryan to take the gavel Thursday, is pushing through a major deal the nation’s business community widely cheers. But instead of leaving Ryan with the clean barn the retiring Ohio Republican promised, the move already is creating blowback from GOP hard-liners for the likely speaker. Ryan told NBC the deal’s process “stinks” Tuesday and pledged to run the House a different way, but conservative organizations aren’t buying it and they want to see actions from the incoming speaker, not words.