Democrats, Republican defense hawks and businesses seeking permanent tax breaks are the big winners as lawmakers finalize the sprawling, last-train-leaving-Congress spending and tax deal.
Tea partyers and those determined to rein in the deficit stand as losers.
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., welcomed the tax side of the massive deal but is lowering expectations about GOP victories in a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would avert a holiday-season government shutdown and clear leftover business that he inherited from his much-criticized predecessor, John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Here are some winners and losers:
-Democrats. The spending bill provides major relief from tough caps on spending, which Democrats and the Obama White House have agitated for all year. And since their votes are required to pass the bill, Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California played a strong hand in the negotiations, ridding the measure of numerous policy provisions. Such riders ran the gamut, from challenges to the Obama administration's limits on power plant emissions to efforts to undercut new bank regulations and undermine the health care law. Few have made the final cut.