So, Mr. Speaker, how do you really feel?

John Boehner, the famously blunt ex-House speaker, left no doubt he's not a fan of fellow Republican Ted Cruz, leaping off the sidelines of the presidential race Wednesday night to unleash a stunning verbal lashing of the Texas senator, reportedly calling him “Lucifer in the flesh” and a “miserable son of a bitch.”

The longtime Ohio powerhouse had not been very outspoken on the race since retiring last year, but he held little back when asked about the Texas senator and underdog GOP presidential candidate during a forum at Stanford University.

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” he said, according to The Stanford Daily.News .



Paul Ryan

“I hate omnibus bills and I don’t like doing these last-second bills,” but I did it anyway."

Paul Ryan coerced Republican house and senate members and shepherded the Obama omnibus Bill.  Congress easily passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package Friday that will fund the government through most of 2016.

The House passed the omnibus as a standalone bill by a vote of 316 to 113. Soon after, the Senate passed the omnibus and the tax extenders package by a vote of 65 to 33.

President Obama is certain to sign the bill before the current funding extension runs out Dec. 22, bringing an end to budget brinksmanship for this fiscal year.

Republican presidential contenders Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul(R-KY) voted against the bill. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was absent.

The legislation was House Speaker Paul Ryan's heaviest lift yet as the former Ways and Means Chairman scrambled in his first six weeks as speaker to whip up enough support on his side to pass a $680 billion tax package and now a standalone omnibus. Through the negotiations, Republicans scored a few significant wins including lifting the 40-year-long ban on crude oil exports.

All of Ryan's former tough talk about stopping Obama's profligate spending, turned out to be whimpering about how uncooperative his Republican counterparts were being in getting (needed) legislation passed.

Ryan was asked why $1.6 billion was allocated to the refugee program, especially considering there was support from dozens of Republican members of Congress for a proposal introduced by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) that would temporarily halt the refugee program. Despite the broad support, Ryan decided to fund President Obama’s refugee program, which includes Syrian refugees.

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