Politics

The spending fight is just starting in Congress

Spending legislation and a major transportation funding blueprint will soon test the relationship between new House Speaker Paul Ryan and his senate counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Ryan, R-Wis., who was elected speaker last week, met with Senate Republicans in a private lunch on Tuesday as lawmakers gear up for major legislative tasks that have the potential to become big battles.

McConnell, R-Ky., called the visit, "a good, constructive discussion about our shared priorities for the country here as we move toward the end of the session." McConnell has praised Ryan's "extraordinary intellect," but has little experience working with the lawmaker, who is 28 years his junior.

The first test for Ryan and McConnell will be a massive road projects bill that could split the GOP later this month, both on funding and a provision to revive the Export-Import Bank.

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