Busting the Budget:

House conservatives won an important concession from the Republican leadership this week that allows any member to raise a point of order when an appropriations bill comes in over budget and surpasses spending caps. Conservatives in the Republican Study Committee want to create a voting record of members who support busting the budget. The RSC had pushed for the point-of-order protection on all spending bills, but GOP leadership resisted, agreeing only to appropriations bills. About two-dozen RSC members had threatened to oppose the House’s fiscal 2006 budget resolution if the point-of-order change wasn’t implemented.