Paul Ryan on Thursday went along with a stopgap spending bill that avoids a government shutdown but carries a price tag $19 billion higher than the budget he wrote.
Ryan, the Republicans' vice presidential nominee and the House's top budget writer, planned to vote for a temporary spending bill that lets Congress keep government open for another six months. That allows lawmakers and President Barack Obama to put off dicey budget talks until after the Nov. 6 election.
Politics, though, were not far from Ryan's first return to Congress since joining Mitt Romney's presidential bid. He scheduled a closed-door, informal meeting with fellow Republicans Thursday evening.